Nowadays, taking a photo is as easy as making a phone call or browsing the internet. In fact, you can likely do all three on the device sat in your hand right now. It wasn’t always that easy, however. And it can be said that there’s far more value, then, to photos taken a century ago, when the process meant that every shot had to be thought through. These rare historical photos consequently offer a unique glimpse into the history of civilization.
20. The first photo of a human being
In 1838 inventor Louis Daguerre managed to capture the first known image of another person. Two people, in fact, were located towards the bottom left of this busy street in Paris. Thanks to the camera’s long exposure time, they were the only individuals to remain stationary for long enough to show up in the photo.
19. The Statue of Liberty under construction in Paris
Presented from the people of France to the U.S. in 1886, the Statue of Liberty is now installed on Liberty Island in New York. It was actually sculpted in Paris, however. Here, construction on the statue is well underway in a Parisian workshop in 1884.