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The First Photo Ever Taken In Canada

First Photo Taken In Canada

Were it not for some curious academics at England’s Newcastle University, the first photo taken in Canada might still be unknown to us. The photo, taken in 1840, was shot by businessman Hugh Lee Pattinson at, you guessed it, Niagara Falls. Pattinson was a student of Daguerre, the founder of the early photographical form aptly known as the daguerrotype, and took a few moments (or 20: as that’s how long it takes for the scene to affix itself on the copper plate) to snap this seminal shot of the maple leaf country.

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