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Here's how one of the world's oldest selfies was taken over 160 years ago

One of the first selfies in Iran was captured in the harem mirror.

Shah Nasseredin, the fourth king of the Qajar dynasty, was a talented photographer [Onet]

The photo, which is considered one of the first selfies taken in Iran, has become a symbol of historic change.

It depicts Shah Nasseredin, the fourth king of the Qajar dynasty, and his wife, captured in the Andaruni (harem) mirror.

Shah Nasseredin, born in 1831 and died in 1896, appears to be at least 20 years old in the photo, placing this unique selfie between the 1850s and 1860s.

Known for his love of photography, Shah Nasseredin was a talented photographer himself. During his numerous trips to Europe, he acquired state-of-the-art cameras and appointed at least two official court photographers.

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The history of Iran is closely related to photography. The first photographic images appeared in this country in the mid-19th century. The first daguerreotype cameras were brought to Iran at the request of Shah Mohammad Qajar from Russia and England.

The first photograph in Iran was taken in mid-December 1842, according to Jules Richard's notes. Iranian Prince Malek Qassem Mirza and Frenchman Jules Richard are considered the pioneers of photography in Iran.

Unfortunately, apart from one photo, none of the Iranian daguerreotypes have survived. Some of them, including portraits of Mohammad Shah and Prince Nasser al-Din Shah, were given to Kamal-al-Molk, who used them to create painted portraits.

At the beginning of the 20th century, with the advent of modern technology and access to cameras, Iranian photographers began to document the everyday life of their compatriots in more detail. Photography, which previously served kings and elites, has become an indispensable tool for documenting history and culture.

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One of the first selfies in Iran was captured in the harem mirror. Shah Nasseredin, known for his love of photography, contributed to the development of this art in his country.

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This article was originally published on Onet Travel.

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