This photo is the oldest picture ever taken of Paris. It is a daguerreotype taken in 1839 by Louis Daguerre himself. The photo was taken at the Place de la République. The streets seem unusually quiet, but this is in fact because the technique used required such a long exposure time, that passing movements were not captured.
if we look closely at the image, there are two silhouettes. They appear to be a man and a shoe shiner, sat on the edge of the pavement. To appear in this image, the two people would have had to have been stood still for a few minutes. These two figures are important from a historical point of view, for they are the first humans to have been caught on camera, as photos taken prior to this one focused on inanimate objects or landscapes.
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