Have you ever wondered when was the very first self-portrait taken?
Centuries ago people didn’t have smartphones. They didn’t even have remote shutters, let alone digital cameras. So they had to put up with the old-fashioned technology. One photography enthusiast, who was trying to become a chemist, took the very first light photograph and selfie back in 1893.
The man’s name was Robert Cornelius and he used Daguerreotype in the silver plating shop of his family in Philadelphia. Cornelius probably didn’t know he was making history at that point. Unfortunately for him, he had to put up with underdeveloped technology and with standing still for a long time while taking the first self-portrait in history. Luckily, he wrote the year on the back of his photograph.
The photograph is currently the property of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.