First photograph of a human being

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This is the earliest known photo of a human ever taken. It's the fellow getting his shoes shined in the lower left. Paris - 1838 by Louis Daguerre. (Bigger image at the link.)

The first photograph of a human being

  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    This is such an incredible picture. Thanks Joe. Look how deserted the streets are. Amazing. I would just love to see the same shot taken again now in real time and see them side by side.
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    • Profile picture of the author jimbo13
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      This is such an incredible picture. Thanks Joe. Look how deserted the streets are. Amazing. I would just love to see the same shot taken again now in real time and see them side by side.
      I was thinking how deserted it was too. However, reading the text in the link explains why. Which I guess explains why many very old pictures in the pub I go to have stationary cars but not ones actually in the road being driven.

      Maybe it is obvious but I would not have thought of this.

      Dan

      PS: Just found this. As was and as is. http://sherrlock.files.wordpress.com...templeweb1.jpg
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Originally Posted by jimbo13 View Post

        I was thinking how deserted it was too. However, reading the text in the link explains why. Which I guess explains why many very old pictures in the pub I go to have stationary cars but not ones actually in the road being driven.

        Maybe it is obvious but I would not have thought of this.
        Hi Dan,

        Cheers for pointing that bit out. I've always thought how quiet it was in the past and today I realised why. You learn something new everyday.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          Louis Daguerre - as in 'daguerreotype'

          That was a big deal!
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          • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
            I used to be heavily into photography in my youth, so I'm familiar with that picture. It's interesting that most commentators have tended to refer to the first human as being the gentleman getting his shoes shined. Very few mention the poor sap doing the shining - who was, presumably, also a human.


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      • Profile picture of the author HeySal
        Originally Posted by jimbo13 View Post

        I was thinking how deserted it was too. However, reading the text in the link explains why. Which I guess explains why many very old pictures in the pub I go to have stationary cars but not ones actually in the road being driven.

        Maybe it is obvious but I would not have thought of this.

        Dan

        PS: Just found this. As was and as is. http://sherrlock.files.wordpress.com...templeweb1.jpg
        Somehow they turned the old pic around on this one - and it looks totally different from the 3 that Joe posted below us. I think his might be more accurate.........however, thanks for posting this one. Still kind of astounding. Look how shabby the buildings look in the old shot and how everything has been restored in all of the newer pictures.
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  • Profile picture of the author joe golfer
    If you look in the windows of the near building, you can see a Warrior working on the first WSO ever. It didn't leave the first page of the WSO forum for 2 years.

    Still, the very first response when it went live was, "Y at-il des copies d'examen?" (Any review copies?)
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  • Profile picture of the author blueclcl
    For some reason I didn't expect the buildings to look like they do.

    Interesting picture.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Whoa!

      Did you see how skinny that dude's legs are?

      Rumor has it that the camera adds 10 pounds, too. Perhaps back then they didn't?

      Other than that, the photo is awesome.


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  • Profile picture of the author joe golfer
    Here is what the street looked like in 2002:

    boulevard du Temple de Daguerre

    Another shot:

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...Temple_rwk.jpg

    Here is a colorized version of the 1838 photo:

    http://bytesdaily.blogspot.com/2011/...du-temple.html
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      I think we deserve to know the truth.

      Back in the 1800's, there were almost no humans in the cities. The cities were built...and nobody knows who built them.

      Then, the people came later. All we know about the people that built the cities, is that they had very skinny legs, and very shiny shoes.

      Later, the inhabitants were brought in from other planets, dressed in the appropriate attire, and had their memories replaced.

      And that's how civilizations began.

      This photo is the first verified physical evidence that the cities were empty, and were populated after they were built......and the entire thing was covered up. By whom? We can't say. And if this photo isn't enough proof for you, then you are obviously narrow minded, and are beyond help.

      Hey, I just want to fit in.
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      • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        I think we deserve to know the truth.

        Back in the 1800's, there were almost no humans in the cities. The cities were built...and nobody knows who built them.

        Then, the people came later. All we know about the people that built the cities, is that they had very skinny legs, and very shiny shoes.

        Later, the inhabitants were brought in from other planets, dressed in the appropriate attire, and had their memories replaced.

        And that's how civilizations began.

        This photo is the first verified physical evidence that the cities were empty, and were populated after they were built......and the entire thing was covered up. By whom? We can't say. And if this photo isn't enough proof for you, then you are obviously narrow minded, and are beyond help.

        Hey, I just want to fit in.
        No you see these are French cities. We British all but annihilated them and left the cities intact. They had to import people from other countries and teach them to speak French, grow onions and garlic and wear stripey jerseys. And French kissing which led to a population explosion, so effective was it.

        I was examining the amount of chimneys compared with the modern photo's. Still there but mostly capped off. Also the sun shades in front of the shops. They still seem to have them in the modern photo's but more as features. All our shops in the UK had shades like that up to the sixties. We could walk down the street and be largely sheltered from the rain. Then they started disappearing.

        Never found out who stole them.
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        • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
          1838,.....hsss, nonsence, the guy was just taking his sports car for a spin?


          Maccers in 1838,...why am l not surprised!
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          • Profile picture of the author ashvive
            Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

            1838,.....hsss, nonsence, the guy was just taking his sports car for a spin?


            Maccers in 1838,...why am l not surprised!
            haha wow that is clever, i am sure maccas are sending a cheque any minute now!
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  • Profile picture of the author elislayla
    Nice photograph of olden days. I like it.
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  • Profile picture of the author nickherc
    Awesome pic. It would make a jigsaw puzzle .
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  • Profile picture of the author moon80
    It is an amazing photograph.
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  • Profile picture of the author dewalds86
    I wonder what it was like to have lived in those days. No wifi, no smartphones, no laptops and even no tv.
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