World Photography Day 2019: Origin, history and importance

World Photography Day – August 19 – is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography. 

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 January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the process and on August 19, 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. On the other hand, the first digital photograph was taken in 1957; almost 20 years before Kodak’s engineer invented the first digital camera. However, it was much later on August 19, 2010, when the World Photo Day hosted its first global online gallery.

People all around the globe have been celebrating World Photography Day ever since. In India, several colleges and institutions conduct photography contest on the World Photography Day on August 19.

You can admire in the gallery below some of the most appreciated photographies.

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