Louis Daguerre took this picture in 1838 on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris. It is believed to be the oldest known photographic image of a human. Because Daguerre’s picture process took several minutes, moving objects were not captured. The stationery person apparently was getting his shoe shined.

Photo craze begins

The announcement that the Daguerreotype “requires no knowledge of drawing …” and that “anyone may succeed … and perform as well as the author of the invention” was greeted with enormous interest, and “Daguerreomania” became a craze overnight.