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World Photography Day


Camera is a device through which we capture all the beautiful memories we have cherished throughout our life. It is a medium of sharing our world with the world, and this is one of the simple purpose of celebrating world Photography Day. This day is observed on August 18, annually across the planet.

World Photo Day was originated in 1987, when Daguerreotype was invented, by two French men Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Daguerre. On January 9, 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced the Daguerreotype process. On August 19, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “free to the world”. (The Economic Times, 2017)

Taking photograph had been in culture since 19th century and now it has become a trend, clicking pictures and uploading. It has become a mode of expression sharing one’s lively moment and ideas. Also it is believed that photographs reveal your inner feelings faster than you can explain it in words. This is why we have a phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. When you see a pictures that is clicked by the other person, you are actually seeing the image from the view point of the photographer.

In present date, we all have smartphones in our hand and have easy access of camera. We can take photos in one click due to advancement in technology, but was it always the same? Who invented camera? What was the first picture ever clicked?

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, a French inventor is the creator of photography. At first in 1816 he designed a homemade camera through which he partially obtained the photo on paper which was coated with silver chloride. That picture isn’t available now, however, the first picture every clicked was by Joseph, himself. It is a scene from his window in Burgundy which is now the permanent collection of the University of Texas-Austin. It is clicked by the first functional camera.

World Photography Day is not only a day but a soft touch of the camera every day, a flash of light and a moment in our lives that is captured forever. Since clicking pictures have become indispensable part of our lives, let’s celebrate this 177 years of photography. Appreciate the technology and depict your emotion through your master piece and share the world your angle of seeing the world.