Hawaii’s First Photograph

Today in history — May 17, 1845 — Theophilus Metcalf took Hawaii’s first photograph. The  daguerreotype portrayed Timoteo Haalilio and William Richards in Paris (left image) as diplomats for the Kingdom of Hawaii.

After returning to Hawaii, Metcalf started his photography business as Hawaii’s first commercial photographer. Read more about it in “Early Photography in Hawaii.”

“Early Photography in Hawaii”


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