19 August: World Photography Day
The French government announced 19 August as the World Photography Day. The World Photography Day originated from invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process which was developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre.
The French Academy of Sciences on 9 January 1839 announced about the process of Daguerreotype. On 19 August 1839, the Government of France declared this invention as a gift which was Free to the World. Apart from this process, another process called Calotype, was also invented in the year 1839 by William Fox Talbot. Invention of Daguerreotype and Calotype therefore marked 1839 as year in which photography was invented. The date 19 August was chosen to celebrate photography.
Founding of the World Photography Day
In the year 2009, Korske Ara, a passionate Australian photographer launched the World Photography Day Project. On 19 August 2010, the first global online gallery of World Photography Day was hosted. The day is celebrated in order to unite global as well as local communities of the photographers.
History of the World Photography Day
The inventor of the first practical process of photography is Louis Daguerre. He presented this process of photography to the public on 19 August 1839 at French Academy of Science in Paris. The process was accepted widely and also gained a lot of popularity, which is why 19 August was declared as the World Photography Day.