The date of August 19th is observed as World Photography Day all across the globe. As the title suggests, it is a day dedicated to photography, which is one of the most beautiful art forms to exist in our life. The day inspires aspiring photographers to share their captures with the world, each photograph having a unique story to tell, regardless of the camera it was captured from. This day doesn’t emphasize on anything that tells you to have only a DSLR or a good professional camera to capture good images, it rather emphasizes on the fact that the medium barely matters if you have a vision while capturing pictures, understanding your subjects, to convey your story without any words, but just by the image. With latest developments, captions are mandatory for images uploaded, to give the viewers a better understanding of which direction or concept the photograph is highlighting.
The origin of the World Photography Day dates back to the year 1837, when the Daguerreotype was invented, which was a significant photographic process developed by Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce, both Frenchmen. However, it wasn’t until two years later on the 9th of January, 1939, that the French Academy of Sciences officially announced the Daguerreotype process. And it was on the 19th of August that same year that the French government purchased the patent of the same and declared the Daguerreotype process as an invention that was a gift ‘’free to the world.’’ Though it wasn’t the first permanent photographic image, it still went on to open new doors of technology in the world of photography.
When it comes to the first durable colour photograph, it was taken in the year 1861 by Thomas Sutton. But since the technology wasn’t that advanced in those times, making the photographic emulsions insensitive to the spectrum, the images weren’t perfect at all.
Although an engineer from Kodak invented the first digital camera, it was 20 years prior to it that the first digital photograph was taken in the year 1957, which captured in 176×176 resolution, an image of Russell Kirsch’s son scanned digitally.
It was in the year 2010 that the World Photo Day became a host of its first online image gallery, wherein around 270 photographers from all across the world posted images from their camera and the website was visited by people from over 100 different countries. And thus, that year became the first year where World Photography Day reached the global arena.
If you have a knack of photography, don’t forget to share your captures on the gallery this World Photography Day!
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