The first photographic portrait (and, incidentally, self-portrait).

by Self-Portrait of the Artist


This self-portrait was unearthed in 1975. At the back it said, “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839.”

Since no self-timer had yet been invented, Dutch-American photographer Robert Cornelius had to rush in front of the camera and stand still for about a minute in order to get in the very first daguerreotype portraying not just a normal human being, but the artist himself.