A Photogenic Philly First
In October 1839, Robert Cornelius set up his camera outside his father’s business on Chestnut Street and created the world’s first photographic self portrait. This fact that was not missed by the photographer, inscribed on the back of the portrait are the words “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839.”
Despite its myriad of problems, Philadelphia has a rich history of excellence. All I want to know is when did we stop being the city of ‘firsts’?