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Behold the First Underwater Portrait in the History of Photography

“Taken in the 1890s (most likely 1899) by biologist and photography pioneer Louis Boutan, it depicts Boutan’s Romanian colleague Emil Racovitza holding up a sign that reads ‘Photographie Sous Marine,’ or ‘Underwater Photography’.”

“This necessitated the development of what Petapixel’s Laurence Bartone calls a ‘crazy underwater flash photography rig,’ one powerful enough that it ‘could easily double as a bomb. The creation involved an alcohol lamp on an oxygen-filled barrel. A rubber bulb would then blow a puff of magnesium powder over the flame, creating a flash’.”

Read (and see) all about it here…

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