Origins of World Photography Day!
World Photography Day originates from the invention of the photograph, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre. On Jan 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences proclaimed the daguerreotype method. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government declared the invention as a gift "Free to the World".
Another photographic processes the Calotype, was also fabricated in 1839 by William Fox Talbot (it was announced in 1841). Together, the invention of both the photograph and Calotype mark 1839 as the year that photography was invented.
Over 170 years later, we've chosen this date, August 19th to celebrate photography. It’s past, present and future, technologically and artistically.
Founding of World Photography Day!
In 2009, Korske Ara, a dedicated young photographer from Australia launched the world Photography Day Project. At 21 years old, Korske had the dream to unite local and international communities in a worldwide celebration of photography.
On August 19th 2010, World Photography Day hosted it’s 1st international on-line gallery. With 270 pictures shared and web site guests from over 100 countries, World Photography Day was born.
Since the launch of the project, we've heard from people that are celebrating photography on August 19th in their local communities before 2009. There is additionally proof of an effort to begin a June 1st World Photography Day celebration in 2005.
This history of celebration demonstrates that the eagerness behind photography is that the true foundation of World Photography Day. This web site and therefore the project Korske started is igniting and galvanizing that existing passion of photographers across the world.