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Someone Had to be First
oh my- lovely post- I have a BFA in photography and can never be found far from my camera....one of my favorite photographer is Henri Cartier-Bresson who once said The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
By: Kathe W. on October 2, 2015
Excellent post, makes me pause and wonder. Why did it take ten minutes to polish one shoe? I don't wonder very deeply.
By: cranky on October 2, 2015
It would have been awful to stand there without moving for 10 minutes.
By: PT Dilloway on October 2, 2015
If only he'd known. Then again, we don't know when a moment will be that moment.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on October 2, 2015
By: TexWisGirl on October 2, 2015
Interesting and illuminating as always! :)
By: John on October 2, 2015
Yes, I am familiar with this photo and truly regret we do not have many more of this time in history. But do not worry, our ancestors will have so much to go through that they will erase most of the photos.
By: Tabor on October 2, 2015
I was actually familiar with this photograph!!
By: fishducky on October 2, 2015
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on October 2, 2015
What an eerie photo, void of life except that one man and the shoe shine boy. The rest vanished. Interesting post.
By: Arkansas Patti on October 2, 2015
Well said, Stephen, and a great post too. A good reminder about life. Thanks.
By: Mr. Shife on October 2, 2015
That's amazing! I knew about that basic history, but had never heard this detail before. And look how tight his pant legs are! He must've been a real dandified gentleman. :)
By: Lexa Cain on October 2, 2015
Very interesting. Thank you for telling us. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on October 2, 2015
I remember this post from before - still fascinated by the whole story!
By: Pixel Peeper on October 2, 2015
So who was the second person to be phoytographed? That may be a better photo and we can tell who it is.You do have an interesting question and yes you can be in a place that puts you in the spotlight.
By: red on October 2, 2015
Imagine if he was the slovenly sort who didn't care to go about in filthy footware.
By: Val on October 2, 2015
Such a fascinating post. Little did those two men in the photo know they were making history at that very moment!
By: Marcia @ Menopausal Mother on October 2, 2015
Did Daguerre ever realize why the people weren't showing in the final picture? Very cool story.
By: jenny_o on October 2, 2015
It is amazing isn't it? I kind of see the blurred image of the one shining the shoes. I am certain we have our faces on tourists photos that are now all over the world and yet, we have no idea where and the people who took them have no idea who we are...we just happened to pass by at that moment. One thing I find sad is of all the pictures and selfies(sick of these) being taken..how many are actually printed?
By: Birgit on October 2, 2015
This picture has fascinated me since the first time i ever saw it. Every moment can be special.
By: mimi on October 2, 2015
Yes I've seen this photo a great deal over the years. Fascinating. But as other people have said 10 minutes seems a very long time to have one shoe cleaned!
By: LL Cool Joe on October 3, 2015
With all these disappearing moments in time, you dear sir are leaving a legacy of paintings. I wonder what will replace digital photography in the future.
By: Daniel LaFrance on October 3, 2015
By: The Bug on October 3, 2015
I've seen that picture many times but I never noticed the person standing there. That is thought provoking. He made history and didn't realize it.
By: Rick Watson on October 4, 2015
Fabulous story. So glad you reposted it.
By: Bouncin Barb on October 6, 2015
Interesting post--I never thought about who was the first to be photographed.
By: Sage on October 9, 2015
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