The European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN (for its acronym in French, Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), was the place where the path for the first image that reached the internet started, according to a BBC note on the subject.
The funny thing is that the photography that became a milestone for technology arose from a curious situation that little or nothing would have had to do with science.
The first photo on the Internet: how was it?
The image of the women who were the first in the network corresponds to the musical group ‘Les Horribles Cernettes’, which made an aesthetic parody of the 50s.
These amateur artists worked at CERN and came together to participate in a music festival at CERN in 1989. Silvano de Gennaro organized the meeting in which one of these women became popular.
The recognition among the scientific community for this theme led them to perform at other festivals, even until 1992. They got to the point of recording an album and it is even possible to see them in a video on YouTube.
Silvano de Gennaro, who became the husband of one of the members, saved the photo of the artists and the chance of life led a friend of hers to see her.
The man in question was Tim Berners-Lee, known as the father of the World Wide Web or www, who asked his colleague to scan the photo for upload.
Berners-Lee created a page of CERN activities and there he uploaded what is usually described as the first photograph uploaded to the internet, although the BBC makes a precision on the subject, as that is not entirely accurate.
“To begin with, the internet existed before the web (the web is only one of the ways in which information can be disseminated on the internet). And since the web was built by physicists to share information, the data often included scientific images “, he indicated in his note, although he added that” however, the Cernettes is the first non-technical photograph uploaded to the net. “
The BBC recognizes in its text that this was the first photo that reached the internet “taken for fun, not for work”, with which it can be seen that it emerges as the natural precursor of Instagram.
“It was the photo that opened the web to life,” Silvano said about that postcard of four women that in the middle of a musical parody they went down in history as the first faces on the world wide web.