This photograph, shot in 1840 and titled Self Portrait as a Drowned Man, is not of a drowned man, and if it had been it would be far less interesting or important. This humble image, so far as anyone knows, can claim all of the following honorifics- First instance of intentional photographic fakery. First photographic practical joke. First use of a photograph as propaganda / protest. And, quite possibly, a result of the world’s first reliable photographic process, direct positive or otherwise.

06.04. filed under: art. history. people.


That is a great photo.  So what was the photographer faking and protesting with this picture?

posted on 06.05 at 12:24 AMHelp


The sun hat in the back ground makes it hilarious. A good fuck you note but truly sad at the same time!

posted on 06.05 at 03:38 PM6ft5

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