Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre would have turned 224 today. Turning photography on its head, Daguerre revolutionized photography with the invention of the process of photography that's appropriately called 'the daguerreotype'.
His background was an artistic one. From painting panoramas to theater design and architecture, Daguerre was a skilled craftsman and designer.
Daguerre, along with Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, the maker of the first permanent photograph, refined the latter’s process of photography which successfully resulted in the daguerreotype – the first that encouraged commercial use.
The portrait of Daguerre seen above is indeed a daguerreotype, taken by Jean-Baptiste Sabatier-Blot.
Boulevard du Temple, Paris, Spring 1838
The above image is cited as being the first ever photograph of a person. Can you spot them? And, though you see a barren street this wasn’t so! Owing to the long exposure time the packed Parisian springtime scene on the Boulevard du Temple isn’t visible to the naked eye!
Interested in the camera’s fashioned by Daguerre? The we suggest reading:
Daguerreotype Giroux – The World’s Most Expensive Camera