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.
World Photography Day is about celebrating the ability we have to communicate though this powerful visual medium.
Founded by a passionate photographer, Korske Ara launched the original worldphotoday.org website in 2009. On August 19th 2010 we hosted our first global, online gallery.
Since our initial launch, The World Photography Day Project has grown from strength to strength as photographers around the globe have joined us to celebrate their passion for photography.