Every year 19th August is celebrated as World Photography Day to commemorate the invention of Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce. They developed a photographic process named “Daguerreotype” that changed the world of photography forever.
• World Photography Day celebrates the invention of the Daguerreotype
• It is a process that paved way for the modern-day digital photography
• Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce developed the process in 1837
History Of The World Photography Day
People used to create pictures with their hands. They used to produce images on canvas with colors. But everything changed in 1837 when Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce developed a photographic process called “Daguerreotype”. They created an image with rich details on a sheet of copper and coated it with a thin sheet of silver. And no negative was used in the process. It became the first permanent image with a camera. The image produced was accurate and the process was inexpensive.
In 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced the process of the Daguerreotype. Soon the French government patented the invention and gifted it free to the world. In 1861, the first durable colored photograph was taken following the process and the first digital photograph was produced in 1957.
Significance Of The World Photography Day
Photography can be used as the highest means of communication which leaves no place for loopholes. An image is worth a thousand words. It can convey feelings and emotions in the right manner. World Photography Day is celebrated to encourage people to take to photography as a career to highlight important issues like wildlife and nature.
Theme Of The World Photography Day 2022
The theme given for World Photography Day is “Pandemic Lockdown Through The Lens”. The objective of the theme is to highlight the role lockdown played in saving lives during the pandemic time. Also, it will show the lessons learned and hardships faced by the common people.