World Photography Day: World Photography Day is celebrated on 19 August every year.
- This day is observed to promote photography as a hobby and also inspire photographers around the globe to share a single photo with the rest of the world.
- The day commemorates the importance of cameras and photography in our lives.
- Photography enthusiasts come together across the world to celebrate the art of taking photographs.
- The first official World Photo Day was observed on August 19, 2010.
The theme of World Photography Day 2022 is "Pandemic Lockdown through the lens".
- The theme highlights how we observe the pandemic lockdown through the camera's lens.
- Lockdown was implemented as a result of the corona virus outbreak, and at that time many people learned photography
History of the day:
- The origins of World Photography Day can be traced back to 1837.
- It was only in the 1880s that Kodak eventually came up with consumer-based cameras in the market.
- In France, Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre invented the daguerreotype, the first-ever photographic process.
- The first permanent photo of an object was captured by French Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1826.
- It was on August 19, 1939 that the French government purchased the patent of Daguerreotype process and announced the invention as a gift “free to the world”.
- Later on, the day began to be marked as World Photography Day.
- In 1861, the first durable colour photograph was captured.
- From then on, the medium of photography kept evolving.
- The first digital photograph was created in 1957, two decades before the digital camera was invented.
Did you Know?
- The first camera was invented in the 11th century
- The Iraqi invention was called the camera obscura, which was the pin-hole camera.
- It could only project an image.
Significance of World Photography Day:
- The science of photography has played a pivotal role throughout human history.
- Today, due to photography, there are records of historic moments because they have been captured in photographs and can be looked at forever.
- Photography can capture expressions, feelings, ideas, and moments instantly and immortalise them for future generations to witness.