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The World's First Underwater Selfie? PAGE 1 OF 6
This underwater self-portrait was taken by Frenchman Louis Boutan at a depth of 3 m (10 ft) with a small wooden housing that he built with his brother Auguste in 1893. Boutan also published the first book on underwater photography in 1900: La Photographie sous-marine et les progrès de la photographie.
The World's First Underwater Selfie? PAGE 2 OF 6
Contrary to popular belief, Boutan did not take the first underwater photo. The first underwater image was taken by Englishman William Thompson in 1856. Although the resulting image (see above) was by no means a masterpiece (the housing flooded during the long exposure) it was nonetheless a technical success.
The World's First Underwater Selfie? PAGE 3 OF 6
Boutan continued to design new underwater camera housings, including this 180-kg (400 lbs) behemoth that required a floating barrel and chain to manoeuvre into place. The underwater flash bulb in this image - also a world first - was designed by Frenchman Chauffour for use with Boutan's housing.
The World's First Underwater Selfie? PAGE 4 OF 6
This crab was photographed at a depth of 2 m (7 feet) off the southern coast of France with Louis Boutan's first underwater housing that contained a camera model called a Detective. The camera required no manual focusing but the minimum focal length was 3 m (10 ft)...
The World's First Underwater Selfie? PAGE 5 OF 6
More than a century later, giant leaps in technology and the abundance of user-friendly and affordable digital camera systems and housings have made underwater photography one of the most popular diving activities. However, crabby crustaceans still will not crack a smile...
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