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Underwater photography, 19th-century artwork. French zoologist Louis Boutan (1859-1934) taking an underwater photograph in 1893. He is in a diving suit holding his camera. A light source is at left, and at right is an octopus he is attempting to photograph. Boutan's experiments took place at Banyuls-sur-Mer, on France's Mediterranean coast. The first underwater photograph was taken in 1856, but had involved using a pole to put a camera below the water. Artwork from the 13th volume (first period of 1894) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.
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