The first cameras came out in the 1800s, and in the 21st century, they have become a necessary part of human life. Nowadays many people have access to them, and it has become hard to imagine life without pictures to capture our memories. Can you imagine traveling to a new place without a camera? Can you imagine hanging out with your friends without having the chance of taking selfies? However, there existed times, when such luxuries did not exist.

Now let us look at some of the iconic pictures of early days of first cameras.

The first photograph is known as “The View from the Window at Le Gras,” which was taken in 1826 by a French photographer Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, who is famous for being the inventor of photography. It is hardly possible to see what is happening in the picture. From the first sight, it seems that in this picture, a sea is captured on a foggy day, but in reality, there are two houses on both sides of the picture, and in the middle, there is a barn next to a pear tree.

This other picture is from the year of 1957, which has been the first digital picture ever made. An American engineer Russell Kirsch took of his son who was three-months-old at that time, while the picture was a scene from a movie.


What about the first selfie? Here it is! Robert Cornelius took the first self-photograph in 1839. Back then, it was not a matter of a second to take a “selfie,” and it took Cornelius over a minute to sit on the chair and run to cover his camera.


Hence, let us reconsider the importance of photography when we look at ourselves in the pictures and complain about the noise and the color contrast of our images.


-Anush Petrosyan


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