It is observed on 19 August to pay homage to the history of photography, celebrate the present, and for future leave a positive trail. Let us read more about World Photography Day, history, some famous quotes, significance, etc.
World Photography Day 2020
The day celebrates the art, craft, science, and history of photography. No doubt since the early 19th century, photography become an important part of life, an ever-increasing medium of personal expression and appreciation for countless people across the world.
What is Photography?
Photography word literally means “drawing with light”. Supposedly the word was first coined in 1839 by the British scientist Sir John Herschel from the Greek words phos (genetive: photos) means “light” and graphe means “drawing or writing”.
types of photography are;
Wildlife photography, Travel photography, Street photography, Newborn photography, Landscape photography, Portrait photography, Wedding photography, Event photography, Fine Art photography, Fashion photography, Architectural photography etc.
World Photography Day: Theme
The theme of 2017 was “Understanding Clouds” and the slogan “Be Nice” was the main subject of 2018. The theme of 2019 is dedicated to History.
World Photography Day: History
The invention of the Daguerreotype which is a photographic process developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837. As per reports, the French Academy of Sciences announced the Daguerreotype process in 1839.
The Daguerre’s invention was named as the daguerreotype. It was an immediate success that provides a relatively inexpensive and accurate way of representing scenes and faces which previously had to be drawn or painted by hand. Within a few years, photographic studios had popped up all over Paris and indeed across the world.
About the first Photograph
When Napolean just arrived on St Helena in 1816, a Frenchman, Nicephore Niepce succeeded in capturing small camera images on paper treated with silver chloride which is another chemical sensitive to light. But like Wedgwood, he was not able to fix and preserve these images. He began experimenting with other light-sensitive substances. In 1822, Niepce invented a process and named it as “heliography” which is a Greek word meaning “sun drawing” from helios and graphe. He succeeded in making the earliest surviving camera photograph in 1826/7. The photograph represented a view from a window at Le Gras (his hometown in Burgundy, France) captured on a pewter plate coated in bitumen diluted in lavender oil.
World Photography Day: Significance
The day generates awareness, share ideas, and encourage individuals in this field. It also encourages enthusiasts to express their feelings, emotions, and social thinking through their photography skills.
A photograph has the power to capture a place or an area, an experience, a thought a flash in time. That is why it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Photographs can convey feelings faster sometimes than words can. In fact, a photographer can make the viewer see the world the way the photographer sees it. A photo taken tomorrow can still be even as appreciated by others for a hundred years’ time.
World Photography Day: Quotes
1. “Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work.” – Martin Parr
2. “Photographers are one those who can turn a single moment into an unbreakable memory.” – Vatsal Nathwani
3. “Photography is a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception interpretation and execution.” – Ansel Adams
4. A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know” — Diane Arbus
5. “The photo that you took with your digital camera is the creativeness you desire to create with reality.” — Scott Lorenzo