Photos and photographs are as common as, I don't know, the common cold? I mean, everyone at least has one. In the age of phones with cameras right in your face, how difficult is it to click one picture?
But long ago, in the times of saints and satans, aka, the times when the first cameras were still very unknown to most of the people, someone started clicking pictures.
Here we bring you those pictures who are the Adam and Eve of the early-morning selfie you clicked today!
This photo was captured by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. It was taken from a window of his estate at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France. It is called "View From the Window at Le Gras".
This photo was captured by Louis Daguerre. Generally, the photos in the early 19th century needed long exposure time which meant, anything that moved would disappear from the picture. Luckily, a shoeshiner decided to stand still while this one was being captured. Attaboy!
Yeah sadly, it's not you. Robert Cornelius took this picture of himself outside his family shop in Philadelphia. The year was 1839.
Hippolyte Bayard claimed that he was the inventor of photography, but when the French Academy of Sciences said that it was Daguerre who invented photography, Bayard decided to at least be the first fraud in photography. He created this picture in 1840 and said it was his own corpse.
John William Draper captured the first picture of a full moon in 1840.
David Octavius Hill got this picture clicked where he is drinking with his friends.
French physicists Louis Fizeau and Lion Foucault captured this image of the sun in 1845.
Prince Albert and the Duke of Newcastle requested photographer Roger Fenton to go Crimea and record the happenings of the war there. This was the first.
James Wallace Black captured this from a hot-air balloon in Boston, in 1860.
In 1861, physicist James Clerk Maxwell had photographer Thomas Sutton take three of the same pictures with different color filters over the lens: one red, one green, and one blue-violet. Once the photos were merged, it was a color photograph!
In 1872, a railroad baron, Leland Stanford hired photographer Eadweard Muybridge to find out if there is ever a moment when all four of a horse's hooves leave the ground at the same time when it runs. The task was quite Herculean in those times, but Muybridge used a dozen cameras triggered by strings in 1878 to prove that all four of a horse's hooves do in fact leave the ground at once.
On April 24, 1884, a local fruit farmer and amateur photographer named A.A. Adams clicked this photo of a tornado that hit Central City, Kansas.
This picture was captured in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on July 16, 1945.
On Oct. 24, 1946, America launched a suborbital V-2 rocket at the White Sands Missile Range coupled with a camera that snapped a picture every second and a half during its journey.
In 1957, American engineer Russell Kirsch developed world's first digital image scanner. The first digital image Kirsch ever made was a scan of his 3-month-old son, Walden.
This photo was taken on Aug. 3, 1966, just as Lunar Orbiter I was passing behind the moon on its 16th orbit.
On July 20, 1976, the Viking 1 lander snapped the first picture ever taken on the surface of Mars.
Tim Berners-Lee asked the parody rock group Les Horribles Cernettes to contribute a photo to his newest invention, the world wide web. This hapened in 1992.
Using an electron microscope and a microscopic "photo studio" constructed from water-repellant silicon pillars, a physics professor at Magna Graecia University named Enzo Di Fabrizio captured an actual portrait of DNA.
Using a newly invented quantum microscope, physicist Aneta Stodolna and her team at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in the Netherlands captured the first picture of a hydrogen atom's orbital structure.