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World Photography Day 2019: World?s first selfie, history and significance of the day

World Photography Day 2019: World’s first selfie, history and significance of the day

On World Photography Day people come together to inspire the next generations to understand the significance of photography in many aspects.

Aug 19, 2019 09:00 IST

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World Photography Day 2019 observed on August 19 across the globe. It aims to encourage people to express their feelings, emotions and social thinking through their photography skills. This day is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.

On World Photography Day people come together to inspire the next generations to understand the significance of photography in many aspects. Let’s have a look at the Photography Day’s history and significance to understand this day in a better banner.

Importance of World Photography Day

The importance of World Photography Day is to create awareness, share ideas and encourage individuals in this field. The people with the passion for photography garner attention on the creativity that captivates so many moments for us to cherish lifelong. The day doesn’t only recall the one who has contributed in the field but also motivates the future generation to explore their skills.

First Selfie of the World

It was early months of 1839 when American photo enthusiast Robert Cornelius clicked a selfie. Robert Cornelius set his camera up, took the image by removing the lens cap and then running into the frame. On the back, he wrote “The first light picture ever taken 1839”. This photo was taken without knowing that it would be called ‘selfie’ in the future.

(Image: Robert Cornelius/Library of Congress)

History of World Photography Day

World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837. According to the reports, On January 9, 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced about the Daguerreotype. About ten days later, on August 19, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift free to the world (without copyright).

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