These Are Some of the Oldest Known Photographs in the World! WOW!

Photography is the science, art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film.

Typically, a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure.

With an electronic image sensor, this produces an electrical charge at each pixel, which is electronically processed and stored in a digital image file for subsequent display or processing. The result with photographic emulsion is an invisible latent image, which is later chemically “developed” into a visible image, either negative or positive depending on the purpose of the photographic material and the method of processing. A negative image on film is traditionally used to photographically create a positive image on a paper base, known as a print, either by using an enlarger or by contact printing.

Gaze into the history of photography with this series of world firsts, including the first portrait, first aerial photo and first underwater picture.

These images begin with an 1827 photo taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, which is the earliest surviving photograph in the world, according to the Henry Ransom Center. Check out all of the other amazing photos, such as the first daguerreotype photograph (1837), the first known photo of a human (1838), as well as the oldest known color photograph (1872).

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