The word photography was first coined by 19th century Greek mathematicians, though pin hole camera has been in existence since the 4th century.
The world's first photograph—or at least the oldest surviving photo—was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827. Captured using a technique known as heliography, the shot was taken from an upstairs window at Niépce's estate in Burgundy.
This still life, shot in 1837, is the world's earliest reliably dated daguerreotype.
This photograph of John Quincy Adams holds the distinction of being the first U.S. president photographed, though he wasn't in office at the time. Captured at his home in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1843, fourteen years after he left office,
It depicted short-lived president William Henry Harrison before he passed away from pneumonia just 31 days after taking office.
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