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Portion of the Moon

On January 2nd, in 1839 – the first ever photo of the moon was taken. It was taken by a French Photographer named Louis Daguerre. Louis Daguerre had become famous in 1822 when he invented the Diorama. Daguerre was a French artist and photographer, recognised for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography. He became known as one of the fathers of photography. Although he is most famous for his contributions to photography, he was also an accomplished painter and a developer of the diorama theatre. Unfortunately, in March of 1839 – Louis Daguerre’s laboratory burned down in a fire so there is no photographic record of the first ever picture of the moon.


The image is from Archives New Zealand's former Post and Telegraph/Telecom Museum Holdings collection. The photo was taken in 1964.


Archives New Zealand Reference: AAME 8106 W5603 11/1/174


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