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.

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