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When speaking of rarities in a medium, it’s hard to outdo the very first specimen, and that’s the case in photography as well. This photograph by Louis Daguerre in 1838 is the first to include people. It is grainy and blurry, demonstrating photography at its most rudimentary form. However, it represents the birth of an art form that would develop over the course of generations.
Few of the photographers who took the pictures above are recognized today as titans in their field, but that’s just an indication of how beautifully impartial the art of photography is. Some of them happened to be in the right place at the right time. Others identified the potential for a momentous event that their peers had overlooked. Others still saw a unique perspective on events being covered extensively. The point is, it just goes to show that any photographer can, with a bit of luck and an eye toward the world around them, capture a photo that’s able to stand the test of time.
Remember, the best camera is the one that’s on you. If you have a camera at-the-ready wherever you go, you may find yourself in the rare position of catching an iconic moment that tells a powerful story of the time for generations to come.