Leica 0-series no. 122

The Most Expensive Camera Ever

The 32nd WestLicht Camera Auction brought not one but two record winning results. With the new world record price of 2.4 million Euro (2 million hammer price plus premium) the Leica 0-series no. 122 is the World’s most expensive camera to date. Mar 12, 2018.

In today’s society taking pictures and making videos is more popular than ever, but while you using this devices:

Do you ever think about where it came from or who invented, or maybe What was the first camera or photo ever?

To know some of the background history about things in general help us appreciate more what we have and educate others.  

Above is the most expensive camera, and ah by the way 2.4 m euro in dollars is 2,685,828.00. That is a lot of money. Well let’s get stared.


Joseph Nicéphore Niépce

The world’s first photograph made in a camera was taken in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. The photograph was taken from the upstair’s windows of Niépce’s estate in the Burgundy region of France.

When was the first photo taken? And what was it of? What about the oldest photo known. Here is the list.


This is the oldest existing photograph in the world. Amazing, right?

The creation of camera phones means we take photos every day, which makes it hard to realize just how rare photographs were until fairly recently.

The photo, taken by French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827, captures the view outside his window in Burgundy. He snapped the shot with a camera obscura by focusing it onto a pewter plate, with the whole process taking him about eight hours.

What are some of the other firsts in photography?

The first photograph to feature a person.
This image, taken by Louis Daguerre in 1838, features the first human beings ever captured on camera.

Due to the ten-minute exposure time nobody walking along the Boulevard du Temple in Paris could be captured, apart from two men in the bottom left corner. It is believed one is shining the shoes of the other – with both of them seemingly unaware they were becoming part of history.

The first ever selfie

In 1839 American photographer Robert Cornelius took the first ever portrait photograph of a person. He removed the lens cap, ran into the frame and stood still for ten minutes, before returning the cap to its position. While he simply wanted to capture the image of a human, Cornelius couldn’t have been aware that he was pioneering a technique that would be perfected by millennials 170 years later.


The first group selfie

OK guys, now let’s do a silly one’ (Picture: Byron Company/Museum of the City of New York/Getty Images)

What Robert Cornelius started, this group took to the next level. By the time this photo was taken in 1920, cameras had almost become hand-held devices, allowing this crew to take the earliest known group selfie in the classic ‘arms outstretched, everyone look happy’ style.

The men featured in the image are (from left to right) Joseph Byron, Pirie MacDonald, Colonel Marceau, Pop Core and Ben Falk. Presumably they didn’t shout ‘OMG, get that up on Insta now!’ after they finished.

The most expensive photograph ever sold

Want to take a guess as to how much it went for? Well, Rhein II by German visual artist Andreas Gursky was sold at auction in 2011 for $4.3million. That’s £2.7million. For a photo. A photo of a landscape. £2.7million.

Personal Note: This is ridiculous pay this for a photo lol



In addition to Julien Vallou de Villeneuve, Jean Louis Marie Eugène Durieu (1800–1874) also photographed male and female nudes. Many of these studies were for his friend, the painter Eugene Delacroix.

It’s worth noting that Durieu’s and Villeneuve’s photographs and can  be considered nudes in the tradition of fine art. Other photographs from the 1850s also photographed women, though outside the fine-art tradition of the nude – and which were more erotic or pornographic in nature.

Another early French photographer of nudes is Felix Moulin (1802-1872).

Moulin started photographing nudes in 1849.  He advertised his works as “académies” or fine art studies – though they were more erotic than the previously mentioned photographers. 

Moulin got in trouble with the authorities in 1854 and was imprisoned for a month for obscenity (but then continued his business).

I will categorize this under technology because a Camera is consider a electronic device but in my next article I will talk about Nudity and show beautiful women with nudity but as a art form not porn> I want to promote beauty not vulgar>