World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention as a gift "Free to the World".
Another photographic processes, the Calotype, was also invented in 1839 by William Fox Talbot (it was announced in 1841). Together, the invention of both the Daguerreotype and Calotype mark 1839 as the year that photography was invented.
Over 170 years later, we have chosen this date, August 19th to celebrate photography, It’s past, present and future, technologically and artistically.
Today, we can share memories across the globe in seconds. Photography is an invention that has revolutionised the way we see the world. We can visit places without leaving our home. We can share adventures with friends in another city and we can watch grandchildren grow up thousands of kilometers away.
There was once a time when photography didn't exist.
World Photography Day is about celebrating the ability we have to communicate though this powerful visual medium.
In 2009, Korske Ara, a passionate young photographer from Australia launched the World Photography Day Project. At 21 years old, Korske had the dream to unite local and global communities in a worldwide celebration of photography.
On August 19th 2010, World Photography Day hosted it's first global online gallery. With 270 photographs shared and website visitors from over 100 countries, World Photography Day was born.
Since the launch of the project, we've heard from people that have been celebrating photography on August 19th in their local communities prior to 2009. There's also evidence of an attempt to start a June 1st World Photography Day celebration in 2005.
This history of celebration demonstrates that the passion behind photography is the true foundation of World Photography Day. This website and the project Korske started is igniting and inspiring that existing passion of photographers across the globe.
World Photography Day wouldn't be the project it is today without the support of the following people who were willing to see the potential of World Photography Day.
Richard O'Neill: Richard developed v1.0 of the World Photography Day Gallery which accepted over 270 photographs when we first launched the open gallery on August 19th, 2010. The start of a global celebration
Adam Leayr: Adam backed the idea of World Photography Day and invested a couch, food, beer and internet to the cause. Adam's also a web developer. Endless nights of coding and brainstorming have been spent in his lounge room.
Ian Oswald: Ian has helped configure and manage our infrastructure backend using really cool technologies including NGINX, Apache, MySQL and HAProxy. Every team needs a Geek like this guy.
Over the years, there's been many more people that have supported and encouraged the growth of World Photography Day. You know who you are, thank you all for your continued support!
As the World Photography Day project continues to grow and evolve, we are working hard to create new opportunities for photographers across the globe.
World Photography Day is completely community driven and we're excited to be able to facilitate the growth of local and global events though our online community. As a passionate photographer, you're the future of World Photography Day. By getting involved each year and helping spread the news, you keep the project rolling.
Here are a few things we're working on here at worldphotoday.org.
There's so much potential here on this website alone. To be able to reach a global audience from a single place is an incredible opportunity.
We would love to connect our online community with the offline world though exhibitions. Photography looks so much nicer framed and on display.
We look forward to one day, collaborating with galleries in New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, Beijing, Moscow and Berlin (to name a few places) to share the incredible images captured by photographers across the world.