The very first attempt at underwater photography was by William Thompson in Dorset, UK, who in 1856 used a wet collodion glass plate camera to create the photo.
In 1893 French zoologist Louis Boutan shot the image listed as the world’s first underwater photography. It was a first both in terms of being the first underwater photograph, where both the camera and the photographer were underwater. It was taken with a magnesium powder flash. Also, it was the first published underwater photograph. Some sources claim that the portrait was captured at a depth of 164 feet.
The image listed as the world’s first underwater photography.
The first underwater photograph was taken on a wet collodion plate in 1856 by William Thompson.
Louis Boutan’s underwater image taken with magnesium flash in 1893.
The incredible equipment Boutan used to take the first underwater portrait.