Celebrating World Photography Day

by | Aug 19, 2021

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Each year on August 19th, World Photography Day celebrates the art, craft, science and history of photography. The day also encourages photographers from around the globe to share a single photo that encapsulates their world.

William Henry Fox Talbot invented a process for creating reasonably light-fast and permanent photographs that was the first made available to the public; however, his was neither the first such process invented nor the first one publicly announced. In 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced the Daguerreotype process. The process made it possible to create a highly detailed image on a sheet of copper. The sheet was coated with a thin coat of silver, and the process did not require the use of a negative. It became the first method for obtaining a permanent image with a camera.

In 1884, George Eastman in Rochester, New York refined the Daguerreotype process replacing the copper plate with a dry gel on paper, which he called film. This invention alleviated the need for photographers to carry around heavy copper plates and work with toxic chemicals, like mercury vapor. In 1888, Eastman developed the original Kodak camera that allowed virtually anyone—like you and me—to take a photo.

With the explosion of digital photography, many people no longer use film in their cameras. However, some photographers would rather use film than digital photography and I expect film photography to play a much bigger role in my personal photography in the coming year than digital capture, although I await to see how this will play out in the fullness of time.

How To Observe #WorldPhotographyDay

  • Share your favorite photographs with others. This can include actual printed photographs or posting digital photos on social media.
  • Learn about photography and all of the skills it takes to be a photographer.
  • Get family photos made by a professional photographer.
  • Read a book or blog post about a famous photographer
  • Go to your local bookstore and peruse (and buy) a photography book.
  • Take a class or workshop to improve your photography skills.


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