Friday, November 18, 2011

Louis Daguerre honoured with Google Doodle on 224th birthday

Today being the 224th anniversary of the birth of Louis Daguerre, Google search engine have opted to mark the occasion with a Doodle in his honour.

Louis Daguerre's 224th birthday

So who is Louis Daguerre and what is his relevance to photography? Well a whole lot actually. He was a French artist and physicist, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography,  after whom it is named and said to be was the first commercially successful photographic process.
His discovery was made by an accident, according to the writer Robert Leggat, who said Daguerre put an exposed plate in a chemical cupboard in 1835 only to later find it have developed a latent image. - The Telegraph, 18/11/2011

This image by Daguerre, entitled Boulevard du Temple, was created using the technique he developed. It is purported to be:
"the first picture of a living person. The image shows a busy street, but due to exposure time of more than ten minutes, the traffic was moving too much to appear. The exceptions are the two people at the bottom left, one who stood still getting his boots polished by the other long enough to show." (from Wikimedia Commons)

Boulevard du Temple by Daguerre
Louis Daguerre [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

So happy birthday Louis Daguerre, who was born 224 years ago this day and of course is not around to be able to celebrate it with us, but we feel sure would appreciate the gesture if he was.

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