2. Have you ever thought about the very first…
3. Photograph (1826)
Joseph Niepce, a French inventor and pioneer in photography, is generally credited with producing the first photograph. Niepce’s photograph shows a view from the Window at Le Gras, and it only took eight hours of exposure time.
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8. Aerial Photograph (1858)
Parisian-born Nadar became the first person to take aerial photographs, using a huge balloon that he built called Le Géant. The first photos produced no longer exist and therefore the earliest surviving aerial photograph is titled “Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It.’” It was taken by James Wallace Black on October 13, 1860.
10. Color Photograph (1861)
Tartan Ribbon, photograph taken by James Clerk Maxwell in 1861. Considered the first color photograph. Maxwell had the photographer, Thomas Sutton, photograph a tartan ribbon three times. The three images were then projected onto a screen with three different projectors, each equipped with the same colour filter used to take its image.
11. Sequence Photographs (1872)
Using 16 cameras lined up in a row and a tripping mechanism, Eadweard Muybridge created this series of animal motion. This also answered the nagging question of the day, whether all four feet of a horse were off the ground at the same time while at a gallop. Yes, they are!
14. X-ray Photograph (1895)
Wilhelm Konrad Roentgen, the first recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics, produced this image of his wife’s hand. The photo became the first use of X-ray photography, making it possible to look inside the human body without surgical intervention.
17. Underwater Color Photograph (1926)
This Hogfish was photographed off the Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. William Longley and National Geographic staff photographer Charles Martin. Equipped with cameras encased in waterproof housing and highly explosive magnesium flash powder for underwater illumination
18. Image of Earth From Space (1946)
This image was taken by a 35mm motion picture camera mounted to a missile that was launched to 65 miles above the surface of Earth. After being shot straight up on the rocket and capturing one frame every 1.5 seconds, the camera was smashed upon falling back to Earth but thankfully the images were saved.
23. First image posted to the Internet (1992)
Yep. This all-female parody pop group, founded by employees of CERN, was the first image on the internet. How far we have come!