A 19th-century selfie: photo taken from 136 YEARS AGO shows engineer who is posing frankly in front of an abbey after hurrying from the camera
- Black and white photo was taken by engineer Washington Teasdale in 1883
- Teasdale seems to have set up the camera and then placed it on a photo bank
- It can be seen, two miles from where it was taken, at the Leeds Industrial Museum
One of the earliest selfies ever made was seen in a British museum – 130 years after it was broken by an avant-garde finder.
The black-and-white photo was taken by 19th-century engineer Washington Teasdale for a ruined abbey in 1883.
Teasdale seems to have put his camera upright and then placed it on a couch in time to get a photo.
The fascinating piece of history is one of the earliest examples of someone taking photos and appearing on a photo.
The black-and-white photo was taken by 19th-century engineer Washington Teasdale in front of Kirkstall Abbey in 1883
Today it can be seen at the Leeds Industrial Museum, just 3.2 km from Kirkstall Abbey, where the photo was taken.
Curator Chris Sharp said: & # 39; Washington Teasdale had a truly remarkable spirit and seemed able to attain astonishing heights of inventiveness and ingenuity in any area that he continued his marvelous intellect.
& # 39; Despite its many remarkable achievements, it is also far from a household name.
& # 39; These unsung heroes of science and technology have helped put Leeds on the map in their own unique way, push the boundaries of science and technology and leave a lasting legacy that we can proudly celebrate today. & # 39;
Born in Leeds, Teasdale studied engineering and worked on the railways in India before returning to Britain to pursue his love of photography.
He was one of the founders of the Leeds Photographic Society, the Royal Society of Microscopy and was a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Teasdale's greatest achievement was arguably the & # 39; field naturalist & # 39; s microscope & # 39 ;, a portable magnification tool.
Washington Teasdale. One of the earliest selfies ever made has been on display in a British museum – 130 years after it was broken by an avant-garde inventor
He used it to study insects and capture detailed images of the moon through a telescope.
Teasdale died in 1903 at the age of 73 while attending a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
SHORT HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
The first photos were developed by the French inventor Nicéphore Niépce who took the first permanent photo in 1824.
However, the word photography was only used for the first time in 1839 by Sir John Herschel after he had made the first glass negative.
The first Kodak camera was produced in 1888 with which & # 39; ordinary people could take photos
The first selfie ever, a & # 39; self-made photo & # 39 ;, is supposed to have been taken by the American pioneer Robert Cornelius in 1839.
The modern selfie culture originated in Japan in the 1990s and has exploded within the last 15 years with the dawn of social media.
An estimated 93 million selfies are placed online every day.
The example of Teasdale is part of a new exhibition at the Leeds Industrial Museum which tells the illustrious history of engineering in the city of West Yorkshire.
Alderman Judith Blake, leader of the Leeds city council, said: & Leeds has a very long and proud history as a center of innovation and progress that goes back hundreds of years.
& # 39; The pioneers in this exhibition are among those who have helped pave the way in a wide variety of fields and industries, inspiring generations of scientists and engineers to follow in their footsteps and play their role in building the city that we know today. & # 39;
ANOTHER CONTENDER FOR FIRST INDEPENDENCE …
A self-portrait of the pioneering photographer Oscar Rjelander – presumably the first selfie in the world – was sold at auction in 2014 for £ 70,000.
The important photo, dating from 1850, dates back almost 200 years from the modern craze.
It was discovered in a leather-bound book with 70 album prints by the famous Swedish artist.
This self-photograph by Oscar Rejlander from the 1850s is considered the world's first & # 39; selfie & someday
When the owner approached Morphets auctioneers in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, they said they had no idea of the real value of the book.
Liz Pepper Darling of Morphets said: “The seller brought the album into the office and asked to sell it with a £ 100 reserve.
& # 39; We quickly realized that it was a pretty important album with early photos, when the art was still in its infancy. & # 39;
Among the sitters on the album are Rejlander's wife, Hallam Tennyson – the son of poet Lord Alfred Tennyson, and Rejlander himself.
Rejlander, who started out as a portrait painter before going to photography, became known for his photo montage print & The Two Ways of Life & # 39; – consisting of 32 negatives – which caused a scandal because of the partially naked subjects, although respect came again when Queen Victoria bought a copy of the print for Prince Albert.
Rejlander sold the album with 70 prints to the 19th-century naval hydrograph Captain George Browing, and it was handed over by the family to the most recent owner, who, according to the auctioneers, had no idea of its meaning.
Although individual prints have come onto the market in the past, the album is considered the first work by Rjelander to ever be sold in public.
Queen Victoria bought a copy of Rejlander's photo montage prints for her husband Prince Albert
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