In 4th century BC, Greek mathematicians used pinhole cameras to study the world around them. Now the word photography was only coined in the early 19th century. With its long history, photography has been filled with innovation, as images have evolved along with the technology photographers have access to. With such a long history, it’s not surprising that photography is full of important firsts, from the world’s oldest photograph to the first Instagram pic. Daguerreotypes were the most common form of photos in the early years, but advancements in technology have opened up a multitude of options Find out about some of the iconic first photographs that changed the way we see the world in the past.

First Photograph Ever

In 1826 or 1827, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce took the first photograph of the modern world – or at least the oldest surviving photograph. The image of Niépce was captured by using heliography, an image taken from an upstairs window of the artist’s Burgundy estate. Heliography produces a unique piece of art, so the piece has never been duplicated and is now part of the collection of the University of Texas at Austin.

World’s First Self-Portrait

The first self-portrait was Robert Cornelius’s 1839 image that holds the record. Now we’re used to selfies, but Cornelius’s picture is the earliest known example. Cornelius sat for a bit over a minute before covering the lens in this image taken in Philadelphia.

Oldest Photo of New York

The oldest photograph of New York is a daguerreotype taken on Manhattan’s Upper West side in 1848. According to the seller, it sold at Sotheby’s for $62,500 in 2009. I am sorry to say that the first photo of New York, with the Unitarian Church, has vanished.

First Photograph of the Moon

By John W. Daguerre, this daguerreotype was made. The first photo of the moon was taken in 1840 by Draper. This image was taken by him from the rooftop observatory at New York University, and has been damaged extensively since then.

First Photo with People

A daguerreotype was shot by Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerreotype, in which he not only captured the world’s oldest photograph of Paris, but also the first human image. A 10-minute exposure taken in 1839 in Place de la République, can be seen faintly in the left-hand corner of the image. Two blurry figures can be seen in the bottom-right corner as well.

First Photo of War

First known war photographer of the Crimean War, Carol Popp de Szathmari captured hundreds of images during this time. Photographs of actual battles are rare, but this one is believed to be the first to capture one. Taking a picture of the march of Prussian troops, the photographer stood alongside French defenders while the image was being taken.

First Photo of a President

Among the first Americans, John Quincy Adams holds the distinction of being the first president. The daguerreotype, photographed in 1843, fourteen years after he left office, shows the United States president, though he was out of office at the time. It was taken by Philip Haas in Quincy, Massachusetts. There was one photograph of a sitting president taken in 1841, but it currently stands in a museum. It depicts the short-lived William Henry Harrison just 31 days after taking office, before he died of pneumonia.

Oldest Photograph of the Sun

After Louis Fizeau and Leon Foucault took the first photograph of the sun in 1845, just five years after the first photograph of the moon, French scientists took the first photograph of the There is a possibility of seeing sunspots even with a 1/60th exposure.

First Photo of a Tornado

The first known photograph of a tornado was taken in Kansas, if that makes any sense. Amateur photographer A.A. Lee captured a beautifully striking portrait of the tornado as it moved slowly across Anderson County on April 26, 1884. The box camera must be set up by Adam. Despite its timeless nature, Adams’ image in meteorology served as a pre-cursor to storm chasers we

Oldest Aerial Photo

Aerial photography is often taken for granted in the age of drones, but this 1860 image was actually the first to make use of the technology. An aerial photograph taken by James Wallace Black and Samuel Archer King of Boston shows the city from over 2,000 feet high. Sadly, the first aerial image ever taken has been lost. It was captured by French photographer Gaspard-Félix Tournachon.

First Photograph of Earth from the Moon

During a lunar orbiter landing on the Moon on August 23, 1966, this photograph of Earth was taken. An incredible image was captured as the orbiter completed its 16th circuit of the moon.

Oldest Color Photograph

In 1858, physicist James Clerk Maxwell took what is arguably the Maxwell designed a three-color photographic process in 1855, but Thomas Sutton primarily press the shutter in 1861 by hand. Can you tell me what the image is about? Also known as tartan ribbon, this ribbon has a color.

First Color Underwater Photo

Several marine photographers took the first underwater color photographs in the late 1920s, including Charles Martin and William Longley of the National Geographic Society. A hogfish is seen in this picture taken off the Florida Keys. To create this pioneering shot, the duo encased their cameras in waterproof housings and used magnesium-powered flashes.

First Digital Photo

You may not have realized that the first digital photo was taken earlier than you This square image of Russell Kirsch’s son was taken in 1957, almost 20 years before the original Kodak digital camera was introduced. Photo is a digital scan of a film image, resulting in a square photograph that can be uploaded to Instagram.

First Digital Photo of a President

Photographs of the POTUS for the first time were taken with a digital camera only in 2009. With his portrait of Barack Obama, official photographer Pete Souza takes home the prize. A Canon 5D Mark II and no flash were used to create the image, which shows how technology has rapidly advanced since it arrived at

First Photo on Instagram

Kevin Systrom, the co-founder of Instagram, uploaded the first Instagram post on July 16, 2010. As it turned out, it was uploaded using a program called Codename, which became the app we all know and love three months later. Considering how many celebrity pets have been made famous by the app, it’s only fitting that Systrom’s adorable pup sits at a taco stand in Mexico in the first Instagram post.

First Photo Inside the Sun’s Corona

Parker Solar Probe’s groundbreaking photograph taken on November 8, 2018 at a distance of 16.9 million miles from the Sun is among the most impressive to date. When one considers that the Earth is located 91 million miles from the Sun, that is an incredible distance. Researchers believe it will help us gain a deeper understanding of the giant star after this first picture of how its corona looks inside the Sun.

First Photo of a Black Hole

NASA released the first ever image of a black hole on April 2, 2019. An image of this mysterious object was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope and sits in the center of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55 million light years away. We see the apparent luminous disk because the black hole’s accretion disk, where hot gases swirl about vacuous space, is in fact the black hole’s accretion disk.

By Peter