World Photography Day: History and Importance

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August 19 is considered as World Photography Day and celebrates the art, science, craft, and history of photography. Photos are the storehouse of our memories. Any special event whether a birthday, marriage, anniversary, or baby shower we have, we clicked pictures so to remind that beautiful moment with our loved ones can be cherished later on.

Photography is an art. A photographer can communicate with viewers through his photos and make them see what he wants them to see. That’s the aim of World Photography Day to inspire photographers across the planet to share a photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world.

 History of World Photography Day

In 1837, when the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic method invented by the Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce took place, world photography day originates. On 9 January 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced the Daguerreotype method and on 19 August, the French Government acquired the patent and declared the invention as a “free gift to the world.” That’s the reason August 19 is organized as World Photography Day.

Some Interesting facts about Photography:

1. The first color photograph was taken by Thomas Sutton in 1861.

2. The first selfie was clicked by American Robert Cornelius in the year 1839 but he didn’t know in future it will become so popular. This picture is still available in the United States Library of Congress print today.

3. In 1957, the first digital photograph was taken

4. The first Digital camera was launched by Kodak in the year 1977.

5. The first global online gallery event was held on August 19, 2010.

Information source: www.worldphotographyday.com

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