1. The world's first photo ever taken.
2. The world's first picture of people.
3. The world's first "selfie" (also the world's first portrait!).
4. The world's first photo "hoax."
5. The first-ever picture of a full moon.
6. The world's first photo of people getting drunk.
7. The world's first photo of the sun.
8. The first-ever pictures from a war zone.
The Crimean War of 1853–1856 had the attention of Europe during the mid-19th century. So Prince Albert and the Duke of Newcastle made the request that photographer Roger Fenton go the Crimea and record the happenings. As a result, Fenton captured some of the first pictures ever taken of an active war zone. Despite witnessing the war firsthand, Fenton has been criticized for staging many of the pictures he took.
9. The world's first aerial photo (well, sorta).
But James Wallace Black wasn't the first to take a photo up in the air! In fact, a French photographer by the name of Nadar is credited to have made similar photos in Paris two years before Black did. Unfortunately, none of those pictures survive today. Womp womp womp.