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World’s First Underwater Photograph Ever Taken

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.

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The first underwater photograph was taken on a wet collodion plate in 1856 by William Thompson.

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Louis Boutan’s underwater image taken with magnesium flash in 1893.

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The incredible equipment Boutan used to take the first underwater portrait.