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Robert Cornelius was born on 1 March, 1809

American photography pioneer best known for taking the world’s first selfie. In 1931, Cornelius started working at the family business of lamp manufacturing and soon became an expert in silver plating and metal polishing. And once daguerreotype photographic process was invented, this skill set was in great demand.

As luck would have it, inventor Joseph Saxton contacted Cornelius to create a silver plate for one of his daguerreotypes, which sparked an interest in photography. Sometime in 1839, Robert Cornelius uncapped his camera lens, ran in front of the camera and stood there for 10-15 minutes. The world’s first selfie was born.

World's first selfie by Robert Cornelius

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Behind this photograph of himself, Cornelius wrote, “The first light picture ever taken“.