In history of photography, we hardly get to see the earliest images of the 19 century. Here, we present images of some photos of the earliest photos known to man.
These images are highly intriguing and its left to the imagination to wonder what actually happened before these pictures were taken. As far as reports go, however, there is very little we can tell;
The Maharani of Nepal and her ladies-in-waiting, Nepal (1885-1894)
Around 1882, British photographers P.A. Johnston and Theodore Hoffmann founded what became one of the largest commercial photography studios in India. Johnston & Hoffmann produced a range of albumen portraits depicting the people of various Himalayan regions, including Sikkim and Tibet.
This image was taken in Nepal. There are still questions about the photographs origins.
“It doesn’t look like a commercial project. It could have been a special request from the Nepalese court, but we don’t have many details.”
Portrait of a young woman, Ethiopia (1885-1888)
French explorer Jules Borelli often photographed people from the Amhara, Oromo and Sidama ethnic groups.
“We can see some kind of relationship between the the photographer and the person being photographed,”
“(Her smile suggests) that there is some kind of complicity with the photographer, or something funny happening, though we don’t know if it’s ironic or something else.”
Portrait of Emir Abdelkader, Paris (1865)
This portrait, taken in Paris in 1865, was included in the exhibition not for its creator, the French anthropologist Jacques Philippe Potteau, but for its subject, Emir Abdelkader. As well as being a key figure in the Algerian resistance to French rule, Abdelkader was a theologian and philosopher with a keen interest in photography.
His passion for the medium saw him pose for a number of the day’s great portraitists. He is also responsible for one of the earliest known essays on photography by a Muslim thinker.
Its quite interesting to compare this with the fact that he often photographed (himself). #selfie