“The first selfie ever taken in history.”

In 1839, the first ever recorded “selfie” was also the first photographic portrait. It was taken by a young man named, Robert Cornelius. Robert Cornelius was a chemist in Philadelphia. He took the photo outside of himself outside of his family’s store. He took the photo by taking off the lens cap, sitting for a minute before putting it back on. On the back of the picture, Robert Cornelius wrote “ The first light picture ever taken.”

Robert Cornelius was slowly becoming a famous photographer. He had two studios in Philadelphia. He also collaborated with other photographers, and they took pictures together. However, him most recognized and famous photography, was the picture that he took of himself, also known as the “selfie’.

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