It’s easy to forget how old photography is.
Given that flying, internal combustion engines, electricity, the telephone, and other staples of modern life didn’t get cranking until the late 1800s and early 1900s, it’s always startling to be reminded how relatively long photography has been with us. But it got started in about 1800.
It is a view of a busy street, but because the exposure time was at least 10 minutes the moving traffic left no trace. Only the two men near the bottom left corner, one apparently having his boots polished by the other, stayed in one place long enough to be visible.
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