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John William Draper


Scientist, philosopher, physician, chemist, historian and photographer John William Draper, around 1875.

Around 1839 and 1840,he produced what are thought to have been the first photos of a human face, that of his female assistant, but these haven’t survived. His next subject was his sister, Dorothy Catherine Draper, and this may be the earliest surviving photo of a human face.















Original B&W photos.


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