Earliest known photo taken in Suriname (1846)

From the source:

This photo, a daguerreotype, depicts Maria Louisa de Hart, the daughter of a female slave whose freedom had been purchased, and the Jewish plantation owner Mozes-Meijer de Hart. Her husband was Johannes Ellis, the son of Abraham de Veer, who was a Dutchman and the governor of Elmina in what is now Ghana, and the Ghanaian Fanny Ellis. Their son, Abraham George Ellis (1846-1916) was the first and only Surinamese minister to serve in a Dutch cabinet (1902-1905, Minister of the Navy). Until now, it was not known that any pre-1860 photographs from Surinam existed.

(via the Netherlands’ Rijksmuseum)

The couple are both mixed race, the museum doesn’t explicitly mention that the woman’s slave mother was of African descent and so was the man’s Ghanaian mother. They eventually moved to the Netherlands along with their children. Apparently the man’s father, who was himself the son of the colonial governor of Curaçao, where he had been born and raised, had a short career as commandant-general of the Dutch Gold Coast (part of present-day Ghana) from 1810 to 1816.

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