Washington, Aug 19: The nineteenth day of the month of August is celebrated across the day as World Photography Day for it was in this day in 1839 when the French Academy of Sciences had revealed before the world the photograhic technique called 'daguerrotype'.
First of its kind in the world, the technique had been developed by French artist and photographer Loius Jaques Mandé Daguerre, after whose name the technique has been named.
Today, we have come a long way since the days when a lot of efforts used to be made to use a silver-plated copper for taking a photograph. Today, taking a photo is as simple as inhaling oxygen, such has been the advancement in the technique over the years. The credit for that also goes to France for making the technology available for free, after buying the patent.
Since daguerrotype was the first practical photographic technique, the date to celebrate the World Photography Date was chosen to be August 19, when it was made free. The daguerrotype technique was invented in 1837.
The project to celebrate World Photography Day began in 2009, according to the website www.worldphotoday.com and the first occasion was observed the next year. The founder and project director is Korske Ara, a renowned adventurer, photographer and story-teller.