Shining a light | welcome to selfPortrait

Robert Cornelius, head-and-shoulders self-portrait, daguerreotype, 1839; courtesy Wikipedia


This is Robert Cornelius. In autumn 1839, some 178 years ago, he captured the first known intentional human self-portrait photograph.

The daguerreotype was created outside Robert’s family’s lamp shop in Philadelphia, and its execution would have involved him standing still for between ten and fifteen minutes. On its reverse, there is an inscription which reads ‘The first light picture ever taken’.

It seems fitting for selfPortrait to begin here. Launching in 2018, we are a new magazine presenting stories on self-portrait photography, so here we pay homage to the first known photographic self-portraitist.

Watch this space for more…

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