Notre Dame

Daguerre, Louis Jacques Mandé: Notre-Dame von der Pont des Tournelles (1839)

Photo craze begins

Not everyone welcomed this invention. A newspaper report in the Leipzig City Advertiser stated:

“The wish to capture evanescent reflections is not only impossible … but the mere desire alone, the will to do so, is blasphemy. God created man in His own image, and no man-made machine may fix the image of God. Is it possible that God should have abandoned His eternal principles, and allowed a Frenchman … to give to the world an invention of the Devil?”