Check Out Some of the Oldest Known Photographs in the World

Gaze into the history of photography with this series of world firsts, including the first portrait, first aerial photo and first underwater picture. These images begin with an 1827 photo taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, which is the earliest surviving photograph in the world, according to the Henry Ransom Center. Check out all of the other amazing photos, such as the first daguerreotype photograph (1837), the first known photo of a human (1838), as well as the oldest known color photograph (1872).

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