First Public Photography Studio Opens

Richard Beard and chemist John Frederick Goddard open the first European public photography studio on the Royal Polytechnic Institute’s roof on March 23, 1841, in London, England. Crowds gathered to have their portraits taken in the circular studio, lit by blue-glazed windows that gave an eerie look to the pictures.

      March 23, 1841
      Richard Beard, John Frederick Goddard
      Photography, Chemist
      London, England

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