The first faked photograph

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In 1839, Hippolyte Bayard invented photography. And nobody cared.

People usually associate the birth of photography with Louis Daguerre’s Daguerreotype. His process became the first widespread method of photography after France revealed it to the world on August 19, 1839. But there were actually multiple inventors of photography, and one of them was an amateur French tinkerer named Hippolyte Bayard. Even before Daguerre’s process was revealed, Bayard had achieved photographic results.

However, François Arago, the chair of the French Academy of Sciences, overlooked Bayard’s accomplishment and elevated Daguerre’s instead. And as a protest to this perceived injustice, Bayard took a self-portrait depicting himself as an unidentified man in the Paris Morgue who took his own life. This image is not only the first staged photo, it’s also an early example of photography depicting something non-literal and symbolic, laying the groundwork for the medium to be used as a form of creative expression.

Bayard's photographs at the French Society of Photography:

The Impossible Photograph, Michal Sapir:
The New History of Photography, Michal Frizot:

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Note: The headline for this video has been updated since publishing.
Previous headline: Why this photography pioneer faked his own death

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Happy Friday! Thanks for watching our stuff 🌻🌻

Author — Vox


Oh my gosh he's the great grandfather of clickbait

that's pretty awesome

Author — Zuzu


it’s like when you tell a joke but someone else says it louder

Author — Thalia


180 years later we took a picture of a black hole 50 million light-years away.

Author — Heleve Joergon


You did it again Vox, you created a video on the subject that I have no knowledge and made it interesting



*_Guy naked drowned to death 18+ not clickbait_*

Author — Quintin Jan Olaybar


Did you know that colour didn't exist before modern cameras?

Author — Newby Ton


Bayard literally just said "That feeling when someone uses your work and passes it off as their own"
It was literally a photo and a caption.
Bruh, he made a meme.

Author — EVILBUNNY28


Don't trust a Frenchman. Or a grown man with shoulder long hair. Or a band without a drummer. Actually don't trust anyone

Author — Valentin S.


You might argue that someone else invented the photogaphic process first, but he was the first photographer.

Author — Leif Harmsen


If it wasn’t for this guy all the models on Instagram would not have a career

Author — Shqipe


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Author — Max


So a politician had a stake in unveiling of the "first" invention in order to make money .

Author — Snotty Scotty


So we started taking selfies the moment we invented cameras😁

Author — Cosmic Nihilist


Louis Daguerre was a French painter who created "daguerreotypes", a process that gave portraits a sharp reflective style, like a mirror. Now you're totally stuck in the Retro Zone. Sad face.

Author — Brad D


“Which process gave birth to the first self-portraits?”
“The Daguerrian Process, Louis Daguerre made his portraits reflective like a mirror”
(Life is strange fans already know what this is)

Author — wowow


"A photograph doesn't always show the truth." Indeed. Question everything you see.

Author — P M


Lokie lokie, the worlds first "haha, you got pranked the camera is over there"

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darkroom is a very interesting new series that combines both technology, more specifically, film/photography with history! and you know what, I LOVE IT! both of those topics interests me

Author — Laura


All you need is an emoji and OMG it will become a thumbnail

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