Aug 18 2020
August 19th very important date for the visual creators around the world, invention of Photography was officially announced to the world and everything changed from thereafter.
World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837. According to the reports, On January 9, 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced about the Daguerreotype. About ten days later, on August 19, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift free to the world (without copyright).
However, the idea to recognize World Photography Day didn’t take hold until 1991 – and for that, we can thank respected Indian photographer OP Sharma.
He proposed the idea to several masters and photographers around the world, about 150 of them, including the RPS and the Photographic Society of America (PSA)… by the beginning of 1991, everyone took a unanimous decision and we started celebrating World Photography Day that year.”
Daguerre’s View Of The Boulevard du Temple, taken from the window of his apartment in Paris in 1838, is a unique example of early street photography that includes the first known recorded image of a human being.