Web’s first photo ever uploaded featuring Les Horribles Cernettes turns 20 years old (Photo)

By on Jul 11, 2012 in Europe, Internet, Lifestyle, Technology Comments

The notably Web’s first photo ever, as shown below, which was uploaded on July 18, 1992 and features members of the musical group known as the Les Horribles Cernettes, will be turning 20 years old. The group is also noted to be the first band to have a website.

Les Horribles Cernettes (the Web’s first photo)
Image Credit: Silvano de Gennaro/CERN

According to Mother Board on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, the first photo ever to be uploaded in Internet belongs to promotional shot for Les Horribles Cernettes, a comedy band based at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, and will turn 20 years old next Wednesday, July 18.

As noted in the report, the Web’s first ever photo was described as a ‘Photoshop disaster’, which was taken by Silvano de Gennaro, who was then an IT developer at CERN, admitting that he does not know that time what the Web was.

“When history happens, you don’t know that you’re in it,” De Gennaro was quoted in the report, who was backstage at the Hardronic Music Festival, an annual event thrown by CERN‘s administrators, and used a Canon EOS 650 camera when he took the photo.

De Gennaro, who also wrote songs for Les Horribles Cernettes and managed them, said that the picture was for their next CD cover, and that he and Michele, a member of the Cernettes and his then-girlfriend, were also heavily involved in that dramatic society and befriended Tim Berners-Lee, the Internet inventor.

On the other hand, Colette Marx-Nielsen, another band member, revealed that Berners-Lee worked at CERN that time and was part of their pantomime in their amateur operatic society and was the dame dressed as a woman; and that he later became a fan of their band.

Apparently, De Gennaro said he handed the photo (via a scanned gif format) over to Jean-François Groff, who was then a programmer for the Web project, which was then only being used exclusively by physicists and had already used a few small vector image files to show off schematics.

Original photo of Les Horribles Cernettes in 1992, before it was uploaded at the Web
Image Credit: Silvano de Gennaro/CERN via MotherBoard.com

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