Boulevard du Temple

Louis Daguerre, Boulevard du Temple, c.1838-39a
Louis Daguerre
Boulevard du Temple, c. 1838-39

One of Daguerre’s few surviving originals. The two figures on the corner of the street, one of whom appears to be having his shoes shined by the other, are believed to be the first humans ever photographed. The crowds thronging this busy Parisian thoroughfare were obliterated in their haste by the long exposure time Daguerre’s early process required.

Louis Daguerre, Boulevard du Temple, c.1838-39b
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