Arrangement of Specimens, 1842 — Hippolyte Bayard,
27.7 cm21.6 cm

By exposing photosensitive paper soaked in iron salts to light, Hippolyte Bayard created some of the first direct positive prints — beautiful impressions of ferns and lace laid. Sadly, Sir John Herschel invented the Cyanotype the same year, stealing yet another photography milestone from the unlucky Bayard.

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Hippolyte Bayard

The second person to invent photography

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