First underwater photo [Half & half]

Last updated: May 15, 2018 at 14:28 pm

1856 — William Thompson (UK) took the world’s first underwater photo and the first half & half image¹ (split shot, over-under) in the Bay of Weymouth. The camera inside a housing made of wood and iron was mounted on a tripod that was lowered to a depth of 5.5 m (18 ft) by means of a rope.

¹ Part of the image is underwater and the other is in air.
THOMPSON, William. May 9, 1856. On Taking Photographic Images Under WaterJournal of the Society of Arts. pp. 425-426.

Comments are moderated: (1) Stay on topic (2) Be respectful (3) Refrain from vulgarity and abusive language (4) Do not publish materials that violate copyright. OFFENDING COMMENTS WILL BE DELETED.
In order to ensure your browsing experience is as enjoyable as possible, banners are kept to an absolute minimum, which means that advertising revenues alone cannot sustain this 100% FREE publication. Researching and updating the Diving Almanac requires a lot of time and dedication. If you believe the diving community needs a central body of information to record, validate and make available our shared history and accomplishments, please show your support by making a contribution to the Diving Almanac via PayPal (Porbeagle Press). Thank you!