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Happy National Photography Day 2021 – Here’s How It All Started in 1839

18.08.2021
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World Photography Day

Photography is an invention without which we now cannot imagine our life. Only 181 years have passed since the invention. Today, photographs are invaluable storages of memories, professional information, life-saving security, and much more. In 1839, the Frenchman Louis Daguerre discovered a method for obtaining image prints, which was later named after him “daguerreotype”, and this invention is celebrated all around the world as the world photography day. The patent was immediately claimed by the French government, rewarding the inventor with a life pension of 6 thousand francs.

When Is World Photography Day Celebrated?

Photographers day is celebrated annually on August 19. 2021 will also be no exception to the rule.

History of Invention

While the talented painter Louis Daguerre was pursuing his cherished goal of making the sun itself “paint”, on the other end of France, Joseph Nicephorus Niepce, far from art, also staged his countless experiments with the camera. In the 20s of the XIX century, he even managed to make several stable photographic images, but not all of them have survived to this day. Hearing about each other, the inventors met and concluded an agreement, but in 1833 Niepce died suddenly, never sharing the fame of the creator of photography during his lifetime.

But the English aristocrat and scientist William Henry Fox Talbot managed to go down in the history of photography – thanks to the negative-positive technology he invented. The method was named “kalotypy” (from the Greek kalos – beautiful and typos – print) and patented in 1841. It was calotype that formed the basis of modern photographic processes, although at first it was not as popular as daguerreotype.

Even in the moments of the strongest enthusiasm for their invention, none of the three – Daguerre, Niepce, and Talbot –, could foresee so much as a fraction of those most important applications in various branches of science and art that light painting received in the first half-century of its existence.

About the Holiday

National Photography day is assigned a constant date – August 19. It was on this day in 1839 that the French government publicized the invention of the daguerreotype, calling it a “gift to the world”. Then, speaking at a meeting of the Academy of Sciences, the French physicist and politician Francois Arago explained the essence of the discovery as “the ability to fix the image produced by light with amazing accuracy, the harmony of light and shadows, the fidelity of perspective and a variety of tones of the picture.”

National Photography Day is assigned a constant date – August 19. It was on this day in 1839 that the French government publicized the invention of the daguerreotype, calling it a “gift to the world”. Then, speaking at a meeting of the Academy of Sciences, the French physicist and politician Francois Arago explained the essence of the discovery as “the ability to fix the image produced by light with amazing accuracy, the harmony of light and shadows, the fidelity of perspective and a variety of tones of the picture.”

The method of “mirrors with memory” began to be actively used literally from the first days of its promulgation. But international photography day began to be celebrated only in 2009, at the initiative of Korske Ara, a photographer from Australia. How can this be explained? Perhaps because before that, the calendar already had several dates associated with photography: January 7 – the birthday of photography and July 12 – world photo day.

Film as an Innovation in the World of Photography

Despite the fact that photography began its triumphant march across the planet, changing the world and making many important events a part of history, cameras by the end of the 19th century were huge bulky boxes. This, of course, prompted some of the prominent minds of the time to seek a solution to the problem. American George Eastman came up with the idea of ​​covering fragile glass plates with a gelatin layer, and this is how the photographic film “Kodak” appeared, and it became one of the most successful firms in the United States of America, whose motto was “Press the button and we will do the rest.”

Contemporary Styles and Techniques

Photography has found wide application not only in the life of the ordinary person. It is impossible to describe the entire spectrum and areas of application of photographs – the media, medicine, design, forensics. And with the advent of technological development, they found more and more new uses. The invention of the digital format for recording information marked the beginning of the total spread of photography. Today everyone is their own photographer and photo artist.

You can not just take a selfie of “your beloved one”, but shoot the smallest details of nature, movement, flashes of lightning, and other manifestations of the elements. Smartphones have made the process of taking photos easy and trivial. Nevertheless, not everyone can “capture the moment” in a highly artistic way even now. As before, this requires experience, knowledge, and talent. And to secure a spot in photography’s hall of glory, like like August Zander, Man Ray, Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, and others once did, it is not enough to have the ability to build an angle and “set” the light. You have to see the picture in front of you with your soul, not just with a lens.

Top 10 Famous Photographers from Around the World

Lee Jeffries

Lee Jeffries

Lee Jeffries from Manchester, UK loves to travel the world and take black and white portraits of the homeless. His passion for portrait photography of the homeless began when he ran a marathon in London. He accidentally bumped into a young woman curled up in a sleeping bag, and his idea of ​​the homeless changed dramatically. According to Lee Jeffries, the emotions of the homeless seem to spill out and they can tell amazing stories. His work is dedicated for raising money to help make homeless lives better around the world.

Erik Almas

Erik Almas

Eric Almas is a Norwegian photographer currently based in San Francisco. At the age of 12, he was presented with a camera, and since then his research in photography has taken up a lot of space. He was educated in photography at the Academy of Arts for 4 years. He was under the guidance of some of the best mentors and developed his own sense of photography, which has definitely made him a career. He is proud to have received numerous awards and have featured in several top fashion and news magazines. He has also worked with international clients such as Absolut, Pfizer, Toyota, Hyatt and many more.

Mario Testino

Mario Testino

Born October 30, 1954, Mario Testino is a Peruvian fashion photographer. His work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, and he is considered one of the most sought after fashion lovers.

He came to London in 1976, rented an apartment in an abandoned hospital near Trafalgar Square, and began selling portfolios for £ 25 *including hair and makeup) to imitate models. Today he is best known for his polished, exotic flamboyant advertising campaigns and exquisitely framed photographs of the fashion scene, all of which have a deceptive air of indifference. His popularity with designers and fashion editors is largely due to his professionalism and good nature, like his unmistakable skill in taking beautiful pictures that sell clothes.

Timothy Hogan

Timothy Hogan

Timothy Hogan is an award-winning luxury and still life photographer and filmmaker based in New York, Los Angeles, and London. Timothy Hogan’s single-minded self-motivation keeps him on his feet. As a photographer, filmmaker, cinematographer, and avid surfer, he is a jack of all trades, working with clients around the world on everything except the kitchen sink – from still life to cinema to fashion. His photographs remind me of how the simplicity of objects can become beautiful masterpieces in their own way.

Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson is a Brooklyn-based fashion, beauty, and portrait photographer. She is a 22-year-old student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She enjoys traveling, taking pictures, and eating lots of good food. She also recently discovered that she hates writing a lot of unnecessary information about herself.

Jeremy Cowart

Jeremy Cowart

Jeremy is essentially an artist. Starting first as an artist, Jeremy fell in love with the creative process. He then went on to study graphic design in college and in 2001 founded his own graphic design company Pixelgrazer. In fact, Jeremy only started taking pictures to bring texture to his design work. But before he knew it, he realized that photography was his true passion. So, in April 2005, Jeremy switched to this full-time and never looked back. In a relatively short period of time, Jeremy has earned the respect of artists, photographers and celebrities. Jeremy, now considered one of the industry’s pioneers, sees photography as a natural extension of his passion for art.

David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle is known worldwide and in Israel as a photographer, documentary filmmaker, and video artist whose colorful, fluid, and extroverted style is filled with sensuality, fantasy, and dark adventure, uses accessible popular images, and communicates with a wide range of people. His images have appeared on the covers of many leading fashion and entertainment magazines, and LaChapelle himself has played a key role in promoting prestigious brands such as Diesel, Nokia, Tommy Hilfiger, etc.

Janae Shields

Janae Shields

Yanae became interested in photography at a young age when she inherited her grandfather’s old 35mm camera. From the moment she snapped her first photo, she knew it was her life journey that drove her to attend high school at the Las Vegas Academy of Visual Arts. Her images have been featured in The Knot, The Knot in Northern California, and Brides in Northern California. She also received an award for her work with the International Agency for Wedding and Portrait Photographers.

Mareen Fischinger

Mareen Fischinger

Marine Fischinger is passionate about everything related to photography. She has captured award-winning photography for advertising campaigns and corporate communications, filmed a large body of work available as “stock” photographs through Getty images, and explores the experimental technical and conceptual possibilities of photography in her visual art series. Her images, like that of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, appear fragmented and warped, as if they were captured from a higher vantage point, which allows multiple angles to be documented simultaneously while maintaining the same vantage point. The way in which images create an object, assemble an object like a square mosaic, and make a reality at the same time new and voluminous, is reminiscent of Cubist experiments.

Florian Ritter

Florian Ritter

Florian Ritter comes from Frankfurt, Germany. Known for his landscapes and travel photography, he worked and lived around the world before settling in Shanghai in 2009. He offers studio, portrait, corporate, and still life photography services. As a freelance creative director, he has worked on international advertising campaigns, corporate design, illustrations, and web design concepts for clients such as Adidas, Remy Martin, Haier, UK Pavilion, FinnAir, Ikea, and Opel.

How to Celebrate This Day?

It couldn’t be easier. You can give flight to your own unbridled imagination or resort to proven means. You can try yourself as an amateur photographer, or you can go to a photo studio. Visit a photo exhibition in the nearest museum, and of course, look through the family photo album. Finally, call a friend-photographer (for sure there is one in your inner circle) and congratulate them from the bottom of your heart with a happy world photography day. But in fact, we all have absolutely everything to do with this date – world photography day, with which we congratulate you!

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