Shot in 1965, How Life Begins was the world’s first photograph shot by an endoscope. Although not technically in line with what one would construe as photography, the picture was a beautiful capture that showed the world what creation looked like. At a time when science had made plenty of developments, and old beliefs and superstitions were slowly giving way to pragmatism, there was a paradigm shift in attitudes towards such things as procreation.
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For the most part of the world, the concept of creation, birth and procreation began to slowly shift from a place of superstition, tradition and covert exchanges, to a place of scientific enquiry and qualitative understanding of reality.
The photograph of the embryo in the early stages of the gestation period represents a path-breaking understanding and portrayal of science. Taking science to the common man was challenging: even as scientific enquiry and education had indeed become a more institutionalised mode of thinking, there were still questions that prevented the common man – standing at the fringes of the world of science – from comprehending what he was shown. To this end, there was a realistic route to comprehension, with this picture from the endoscope.
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Today, the endoscope is a purely medical device, or a scientific device – where its photography informs diagnosis and conclusive prognosis. But in the early days of medicine and the endoscope’s use, this capture is a terrific milestone in science, worthy of curation for posterity.