FamilyFamily History Photographs: Some of the world’s oldest images By Aaron January 3, 2012 Share Share Copy Link We’ve showcased some very old photographs before, such as in this post about some of the world’s first color photographs, and this one featuring shots from the Russian Empire. Today, we have some even older photos for you. These shots comprise some of the earliest ever captured. Click each image to see a larger version. This image – called ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’ – is reckoned to be the first ever taken, dated at around 1826. It was taken and developed by the French photography pioneer Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, and required an exposure time of about 8 hours! This photograph, from French chemist Louis Daguerre in 1837, was the first ‘daguerreotype’ image – a commercially viable process which did not require multiple hours of exposure. This shot, also from Louis Daguerre and taken in 1838 or 1839, features the first photographic image of a person. While the busy street appears vacant because most people were moving too fast to leave an impression during the 10-minute exposure, a man getting his boots polished in the bottom left stood still long enough to be visible. In this image from 1839, the world’s first clear human photograph, Dutch chemist Robert Cornelius took a photograph of himself. This is thought to be the first colour photograph, created by Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell in 1861. He created the image by photographing the ribbon through red, blue, and yellow filters, then combining them into one composite image. This image, another very early colour photograph, dates from 1872 and features a view of Angouleme in south France. This article was originally written by Robert Barham.