Peter Morwood
Voici le Boulevard du Temple à Paris, 1838.
This photograph always fascinates me. According to Wikipedia it contains the earliest reliably dated images of human beings - the man having his boots cleaned at the lower left, and, a bit fuzzier, the cleaner at work. (Here’s a bigger version.)
There’s nothing else in the street, because the exposure time (about 10 minutes!) was too long to catch pedestrians or street traffic moving at normal speed. The place is a ghost town. And it seems that getting your boots cleaned properly takes quite a while!

Voici le Boulevard du Temple à Paris, 1838.

This photograph always fascinates me. According to Wikipedia it contains the earliest reliably dated images of human beings - the man having his boots cleaned at the lower left, and, a bit fuzzier, the cleaner at work. (Here’s a bigger version.)

There’s nothing else in the street, because the exposure time (about 10 minutes!) was too long to catch pedestrians or street traffic moving at normal speed. The place is a ghost town. And it seems that getting your boots cleaned properly takes quite a while!

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