In 1920s – 1960s Germany, there was a trend to pose in a photo with a person in a polar bear costume. In thousands of photos, the bear doesn’t change much in looks or poses, but history advances around the polar bear: from smiling beachgoers to smiling Nazis to smiling American G.I.s.
In 1838, a man stopped on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris to get his boots cleaned. He and the cleaner stood still for at least seven minutes on the street, and accidentally became the first people in history to be photographed.
The Windows XP wallpaper titled Bliss was bought from a photographer which is the second-largest payment ever made to a photographer for a single image, however he signed a confidentiality agreement and cannot disclose the exact amount.
Amateur photographer Marco Sgarbi spent three years as a shepherd in the Tuscan Hills, after quitting his office job at an architecture firm. The village of Radicondoli has around 1,000 inhabitants, who continue the tradition of sheep farming. This is the place, where Sgarbi became a sheep farmer and documented his surroundings.
In 2000 a man looking for a barber chair at a garage sale purchased a two deteriorated boxes of items for $45. He later found the boxes contained 65 glass plate negatives from photographer Ansel Adams worth $200 million.
In 1946 Kodak customers complained about film developing cloudy. Kodak investigated & found the corn husks used for packing was radioactive. They discovered something that was not public knowledge; the packaging was exposed to fallout from the world’s first nuclear bomb explosion.
In the 1930’s, a photographer named Arthur Fellig (aka Weegee) installed a police-band shortwave radio in his car and maintained a complete darkroom in the trunk. He’d often beat authorities to the scene, then sell his gory photos to the tabloids.
The first ever aerial photograph of an American city is of Boston in 1860. The photo, made from a hot air balloon, is titled: “Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It”
“Headless photographs” were a fad in the late 1800s.
In Victorian times, they used to take pictures of dead relatives so as to preserve their memory.