Today it’s World Photo Day, marking the invention of photography. Here’s to the photos that gives us new perspective on the world, bringing us closer together.
The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.
It should be noted that the Daguerreotype wasn’t the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph known as ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’ using a process called Heliography.
August 19th, 1839 was chosen as the date behind World Photo Day based on the following historical merits:
– The Daguerreotype as the first practical photographic process.
– The purchase and release of the patent by the French government.
More info on World Photo Day here.
To celebrate this day, I’m sharing 2 photos of the same place, ‘Thor’s Well’ in Oregon, but captured by 2 photographers; Kyle DeWitt (read my interview with Kyle here) and Gary Fua. Thor’s Well, near Cape Perpetua, a dangerous but beautiful hole, also known as Spouting Horn, is estimated to be about 20 feet deep.
Have a wonderful World Photo Day! 🙂