Celebrate 175 Years of Photography Tomorrow – August, 19th

Happy World Photo Day to all photographer friends. We should celebrate it. There was once a time when photography didn’t exist.

World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.

Niepce and Daguerre

Niepce and Daguerre

It should be noted that the Daguerreotype wasn’t the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph known as ‘View from the Window at Le Gras‘ using a process called Heliography.

First Photograph - "View from the Window at Le Gras" Niepce 1826

August 19th, 1839 was chosen as the date behind World Photo Day based on the following historical merits:

  • The Daguerreotype was the first practical photographic process.
  • The purchase and release of the patent by the French government.

In 2009, Korske Ara, a passionate young photographer from Australia launched the World Photo Day Project with the dream to unite local and global communities in a worldwide celebration of photography.

On August 19th 2010, World Photo Day hosted it’s first global online gallery. With 270 photographs shared and website visitors from over 100 countries, this marked the first official, globally reaching World Photo Day.

You can reach to World Photo Day official web site by clicking their Logo.

World Photo Day

World Photo Day