This is the first photograph ever taken that shows a human being.  I did not take this picture. I wasn’t born until a hundred and one years later.

First photo of a human 1838


“I have seized the light. I have arrested its flight.”  LOUIS DAGUERRE, 1839

The picture, the earliest known photo to include a recognizable human form, was taken in Paris, France, in 1838 by Louis Daguerre. The human in question is standing in the bottom-left of the photograph, on the pavement by the curve in the road. He is having his boots shined. The exposure time for the image was around seven minutes and although the street would have been busy with traffic and pedestrians, everything was moving too fast to register on the plate.

However, the oldest known photograph of me was taken one hundred years later by my father. It too, had to be taken out-of-doors, because they hadn’t invented a flash attachment for the Kodak Box Camera of that era.Mom1940


“That’s my boy! And he sat still for this picture.” LEO B EDLER, 1940

In case you are interested, this was the camera that took all the family pictures throughout the 30s, 40s and early 50s. Don’t you just love that deco design?


For Christmas in 1955 I was given what would become the NEW family camera.  The Kodak Hawkeye Camera that finally used flashbulbs.


It took all the family photos until I finally bought my first real camera … actually made in Germany. OK, East Germany.


That was when I set up a darkroom in the basement. But that was when a camera actually used film.  Since then I’ve gone through a number of different cameras. And yes, I even had a Polaroid.  BRIEFLY!

And in all that time, I never once said,  WATCH THE BIRDIE! Though I did take their pictures.Waterbird

My most recent photo!


About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on November 7, 2014, in MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT! and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. While i was in Branson we went to a thrift store and they had a wall of cameras .. all old, and it was kind of amazing … yes I took a picture of it.

    • Would you believe I have never been in a thrift store? I been waiting to thank you for the books you sent until I’ve folded something to send you. I’ve also been spending a lot of time on a freelance rewriting project.

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