August 19 is celebrated globally as World Photography Day.
On this day, photographers around the planet are inspired to share a single photo with a simple purpose of sharing their world with the world. It is a day to commemorate the history of photography, recognize the present and leave a positive trail for the future.
Photography is one of the most revolutionary inventions of the modern world. It is often regarded as the most important additions to the advancement of the human race since the Renaissance. It is constantly evolving technology and merges the world of art to that of science.
The photographic process was invented in 1824 by Nicephore Niepce. He later associated with Louis Daguerre who then invented the famous Daguerreotype.
Francois Arago, the 25th Prime Minister of France in 1839 was the first to describe the process of photography and called it “Gift that was free to the world”.
It was early months of 1839 when American photo enthusiast Robert Cornelius clicked a selfie. This photo was taken without knowing that it would be called ‘selfie’ in the future.
Since the existence of cameras, photography was a medium of communication, restoring histories. In the early 19th century, photography also became a medium of personal expression, wherein a photograph captures a place, an experience, an idea or a moment in time. It is for this reason that it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
After hundreds of changes over the centuries, photography evolved to where it is now. Photography now involves both digital and mechanical processes, and more improvements are always being made.
First Pinhole Camera or Camera Obscura (1500)
The Daguerreotype Camera (1839)
The Reise Camera (1900)
The Kodak Brownie (1900)
The Leica L (1925)
Polaroid Camera (1947)
Kodak Digital Camera (1975)
Fuji Quicksnap (1986)
GoPro HD Hero (2008)
High-End DSLRs (Current)
World Photography Day inspires many people from across the world to broadcast their idea with their purpose. This day is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.
The importance of World Photography Day is to create awareness, share ideas and encourage individuals in this field. The people with the passion for photography captivate many moments for us that we cherish forever. The day doesn’t only recall the one who has contributed in the field but also motivates the future generation to explore their skills.
The whole idea behind the day is to hold discussions about photography and encourage those who want to pursue photography as a hobby or career. At the same time, on this day the pioneers who inspired others to take up this skill are remembered for their contribution.
There is a photographer in all of us. In contrast with the past, we all have a camera in our pockets now and we all get an opportunity to share our best shots through Instagram and Pinterest.