World Photography Day is celebrated on 19th August of every year. It is celebrated globally and the day is dedicated to the art, craft and science of the photography. It aims to inspire the photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose to share their world with the world.
The World Photography Day originated from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837. On 7th January, 1839, complete practical photographic process was announced at a meeting in the French Academy of Sciences. At first, all details of the process were withheld and specimens were shown only at Daguerre’s studio, under his close supervision, to Academy members and other distinguished guests. The French Government purchased all the rights in exchange of pension for Niepce’s son and Daguerre. On 19th August, 1839, the French government announced the invention as a gift free to the world.
The first durable colour photograph was taken by Thomas Sutton in 1861, was a set of three black and white photographs taken through red, green and blue filters. But the photographic fusion were insensitive to the spectrum and the result was imperfect, so the demonstration was soon forgotten.
On the other hand, the first digital photograph was taken in 1957, almost 20 years before Kodak’s engineer invented the first digital camera. On 19th August, 2010, the World Photo Day hosted its first global online gallery. Almost 270 photographers shared their pictures and people over 100 countries visited the website and the day was marked as the first official, globally reaching World Photo Day.
Since then people all around the world is celebrating World Photography Day on this day. In India, several colleges and institutions conduct photography contest on the World Photography Day.