World Photography Day - History, Significance

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.