These Are The 16 Oldest Surviving Photographs Known To Mankind, And They’re Stunning

Photography has influenced society since its inception in the 11th century. The oldest photographs depict fascinating details about life before pictures were common. FromĀ historical war photosĀ to amazing images of space, the earliest surviving pictures known to man have a profound and engaging aura.Ā 

The very first camera was invented by anĀ Iraqi scientist in the 11thĀ century. Called the “camera obscura,” the device only projected images onto other surfaces, and upside down at that. However, in the early 19th century, photography as we know it was born. French photographer Joseph NicĆ©phore NiĆ©pceĀ used a portable version of the 11th century “to expose a pewter plate coated with bitumen to light.” This became the first incarnation of permanent photography.

The images in this list are some of the oldest photographs, and most of them are the first of their kind. From the first picture ever takenĀ by NiĆ©pceĀ to the first movie, these images capture the development of permanent photography throughout the course of the 19th century.Ā 

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