World's first selfie was taken in 1839

Ever wondered when was the first time that it struck someone to take a selfie? 

World's first selfie was taken in 1839
Photo: Library of Congress

Zee Media Bureau

New York: Ever wondered when was the first time that it struck someone to take a selfie?

The new-age craze has left no one with a camera alien to it. The term has successfully made its way into the dictionary too.

Now we hardly wait for a photographer to click our pics, rather we do it ourselves to preserve the moment through a selfie!

But who envisaged it anyway? The world's first known self-portrait was taken 175 years ago by an American photographer.

In 1839, amateur chemist and photography enthusiast Robert Cornelius, then 30 years old, had created what is believed to be the first photographic self-portrait.

He had set up his camera at the back of his father's shop in Philadelphia, removed the lens cap, ran into the frame and sat stock still for five minutes before running back and replacing the lens cap.

He wrote on the back of the photo: "The first light picture ever taken. 1839."

He made a silver daguerreotype plate for the photographer Joseph Saxton, which sparked his interest in the field of photography.

Following the self-portrait, Cornelius became a photographer specialising in portraits, but he only operated for about two years before returning to his father's lamp business.

He managed it for 20 years and held many patents for improved lamp designs. In fact, the business became the largest lighting company in America.

Cornelius retired in 1877 as a wealthy man. He died in 1893, aged 84.

(With PTI inputs)

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