Hippolyte Bayard and the first staged photograph

Hippolyte Bayard was a french photographer and pioneer who invented a photographic process known as direct positive printing. He claimed to have invented photography before the two other inventors that have the credit for the  invention of photography ( Louis-Jacques Mandé Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot ).

In protest, he photographed himself as a drowned men, in what is believed to be the first staged photography in history.

Hippolyte Bayard – Drownedman (1840)

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