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Self Portrait as a Drowned Man

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The Nonist has the crazy backstory of Hippolyte Bayard’s Self Portrait as a Drowned Man:

This photograph, shot in 1840 and titled Self Portrait as a Drowned Man, is not of a drowned man, and if it had been it would be far less interesting or important. This humble image, so far as anyone knows, can claim all of the following honorifics- First instance of intentional photographic fakery. First photographic practical joke. First use of a photograph as propaganda / protest. And, quite possibly, a result of the world’s first reliable photographic process, direct positive or otherwise.

Read the post at Nonist for the rest of the story.

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