Today is World Photo Day!
So why is it marked on the calendar for 19th August?
On 19th August 1839, the French government bought the patent to the daguerreotype and released it “free to the world”. The daguerreotype was, in case you were wondering, the first practical photographic process – the earliest recorded permanent photographic image was made in 1826 but was a much more complex process called heliography.
Today’s methods of photography may have changed significantly since then – my photo below was taken on my phone – but the essential idea remains the same, that we are creating an image with light.
We are now taking around 350 billion photos worldwide a year! And it really doesn’t matter where you are, what you are taking photos of, or what you are taking them with… you can still join in with World Photo Day and aim to take at least one photo today of something which celebrates the art of ‘painting with light’.
Have a look at the hashtag #WorldPhotoDay on social media platforms and see the images which people are sharing – enjoy!