August 19th is celebrated as World Photography Day to celebrate the passion of photography in our communities. In a world where thousands of pictures are uploaded and shared in every second, World Photography Day is an inspiration for millions of photographers across the planet to share their passion.
No matter who you are, where you are or what equipment and skills you use, World Photography Day can help open your eyes to the possibilities of photography, and enable you show us the world as you see it. Some important points to know about this day are as follows:
- The date behind World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.
- The daguerreotype, invented in 1837, was the first practical photographic process.
- The earliest known permanent photographic image, however, was created by a more complex process called heliography in 1826.
- The exposure time needed to create that photograph was eight hours.
- Thanks to digital cameras on mobile phones, more than 350 billion photos are now taken worldwide every year.
- Around 250 billion photographs have been uploaded to Facebook.
- Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had a darkroom installed at Windsor Castle to indulge their passion for photography.
- The first photo of the Moon was in 1851; the first photo of its dark side was in 1959.
- The earliest known use of the word ‘photograph’ was in 1839 by the astronomer Sir John Herschel.
- The earliest known use of the abbreviation ‘photo’ was by Queen Victoria in a letter in 1860.