Only the very best: world records from the field of pho­tog­ra­phy.

oldest photo

The pic­ture “View from the win­dow on Le Gras” was cre­at­ed by the French­man Nicéphore Niépce, who is con­sid­ered one of the inven­tors of pho­tog­ra­phy. This paint­ing shows the view from the win­dow of his estate in Saint-Loup-de-Varenne show­ing parts of the build­ings and the sur­round­ing coun­try­side.

Snap­shot “View from the win­dow on Le Gras” by Nicéphore Niépce

This is the world’s old­est sur­viv­ing pho­to­graph, tak­en on Jan­u­ary 1, 1827, 194 years ago, and is cur­rent­ly at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas.

The orig­i­nal image and its col­or ver­sion (right).

longest photo session

Muneesh Bansal set the world record for “most con­sec­u­tive days of pho­tograph­ing a sin­gle per­son”. He pho­tographed his daugh­ter every day from her birth in 1996 until her 16th birth­day in 2012. This “pho­to ses­sion” last­ed 5,845 days.

Muneesh Bansal pho­tographed his daugh­ter Suman every day for 16 years.

Mun­ish then made a 12 minute video of these pho­tos, which you can watch here. Now there are already more than 120 thou­sand views.

The world’s largest photograph of the Earth

The world’s largest image of the Earth was tak­en by the Russ­ian satel­lite Elektro‑L No. 1.

This shot is the most detailed and has a res­o­lu­tion of 121 megapix­els.

The col­or scheme is based on an image cap­ture method that com­bines data from three vis­i­ble and one infrared wave­lengths of light when the satel­lite takes full size images of the Earth every 30 min­utes.

Unlike NASA imagery, this satel­lite cre­ates 121-megapix­el images that cap­ture the Earth in a sin­gle image, rather than cre­at­ing an image from a set of images from mul­ti­ple fly­bys stitched togeth­er.

The world’s largest collection of images

This title is award­ed by Face­book. In 2019, the social net­work said in a white paper that its users have uploaded more than 250 bil­lion pho­tos and that 350 mil­lion new pho­tos are uploaded every day.

By com­par­i­son, this means that each of the 1.15 bil­lion Face­book users has uploaded an aver­age of 217 pho­tos. And those num­bers don’t include pho­to uploads to Insta­gram, which is part of Face­book.

The smallest object ever photographed

The pho­to shows the shad­ow of an atom.

This black dot turned out to be the shad­ow of an atom. Researchers at Grif­fith Uni­ver­si­ty in Aus­tralia want­ed to know how many atoms it takes to cap­ture the shad­ow of an atom, and they proved that it only takes one.

The sci­en­tists cap­tured indi­vid­ual atom­ic ions of ytter­bium, a chem­i­cal ele­ment, and exposed them to light at a spe­cif­ic fre­quen­cy. Under this light, the shad­ow of the atom was cast onto the detec­tor, and the dig­i­tal cam­era was able to cap­ture the image.

“If we change the fre­quen­cy of the light we emit onto an atom by even one part in a bil­lion, the image will no longer be vis­i­ble,” said Pro­fes­sor Kilpin­s­ki, the project leader.

For fun, com­pare how the vor­tices around an atom are sim­i­lar to the Milky Way

Also an impor­tant piece of equip­ment that made it pos­si­ble to make the dis­cov­ery was a super-res­o­lu­tion micro­scope.

Research team mem­ber Eric Strid believes that this work has giv­en sci­en­tists new ways to study frag­ile mate­ri­als:

“This is impor­tant if you want to look at very small and frag­ile bio­log­i­cal sam­ples, such as strands of DNA, where expo­sure to too much ultra­vi­o­let light or X‑rays can dam­age the mate­r­i­al.

The most detailed photo of the universe

NASA astronomers have cre­at­ed the largest pho­to of the uni­verse using the results of 16 years of obser­va­tions from the Hub­ble Space Tele­scope.

The deep sky mosa­ic, cre­at­ed from near­ly 7,500 indi­vid­ual images, pro­vides a broad por­trait of the dis­tant uni­verse. The pho­to­graph cap­tures 265 thou­sand! galax­ies.

There are two ways to “view” a space image: on a NASA video or upload a pho­to, the orig­i­nal size of which is almost one giga­byte.

The bright­ness of the dimmest and most dis­tant galax­ies is only one ten-bil­lionth of the bright­ness of what the human eye can see.

Largest printed photograph

The Great Pic­ture (34 m wide and 9.8 m high) holds the Guin­ness World Record for the largest print­ed pho­to­graph.

The pho­to was tak­en in 2006.

The project used an aban­doned hangar at a closed fight­er base in Cal­i­for­nia, USA, as the world’s largest cam­era obscu­ra.

The goal was to take a black-and-white neg­a­tive of a Marine Corps air­field with its con­trol tow­er and run­ways.

The pho­to­graph was first exhib­it­ed at the Art Cen­ter Col­lege of Design in Pasade­na, Cal­i­for­nia on Sep­tem­ber 6, 2007.

The largest photograph in the world

At the end of 2014, an inter­na­tion­al team of pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers pub­lished a giant panoram­ic shot of Mont Blanc, Europe’s high­est moun­tain. This cir­cu­lar panora­ma of the moun­tain range con­sists of 70 thou­sand pho­tos!

Pho­to panora­ma of Mont Blanc — 365 Gpc.

Its cre­ators claim that if print­ed on paper, it would be the size of a foot­ball field. To date, this is the largest gigapix­el pho­to­graph tak­en on Earth.

You can view the full 365-gigapix­el pho­to, move it around and see dif­fer­ent points on the project web­site.

The world’s largest photo mosaic

Inno­v­a­tive glass­es com­pa­ny Tran­si­tions Opti­cal in Flori­da, USA cre­at­ed the largest pho­to mosa­ic on Octo­ber 11, 2012 in hon­or of the World Day of Sight.

The mosa­ic con­sists of 176,750 unique pho­tographs that cre­at­ed the image of an eye that sees the world. Its area is 2010.98 m².

Peo­ple were asked to post images online of things they would­n’t see if they lost their sight. The pho­tographs ranged from chil­dren and fam­i­lies to rain­bows, cars, ani­mals and the ocean.

With this project, the com­pa­ny want­ed to remind them of the impor­tance of healthy eyes, good vision and the role it plays both when trav­el­ing and at home in the back­yard.

To under­stand the scale of the mosa­ic, look at how small peo­ple look against the back­ground of this eye-Earth.