Often I wonder what the founding fathers of photography would think if they could come back and toy around with fancy digital cameras. What would their initial reaction tell us? Would they wonder where to insert sheet film? Would Ansel Adams dismiss the darkroom, suddenly finding himself sitting in a computer lab?
Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre was born on November 18th, 1787. He is credited with the innovation of daguerreotype process of photography. Daguerre took the first known picture of a person with the camera exposure of 10 ten minutes.
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Louis Daguerre, along with Nicéphore Niépce, found that if a copper plate coated with silver iodide was exposed to light in a camera, then fumed with mercury vapour and fixed by a solution of salt, a permanent image would be formed.
Nicéphore Niépce is another important figure. Niépce made the first permanent photograph, but he was born in March, so I can’t write about him now.
There is your daily fact! Well, I don’t actually do daily facts, but this one is relative.