The world observes photography day on 19th August every year to celebrate colours of life. It highlights the combination of craziness and creativity to create a perfect picture.
The world photography day is celebrated in memory of the invention of daguerreotype, a photographic process that was developed back in 1837. It was described as a gift ‘free to the world’. But, it was not a permanent image. Later on, developments were made and right now we have a world full of pictures. The word ‘photograph’ was used for the first time in 1839 by an astronomer Sir John Herschel.
The abbreviation ‘photo’ was given by Queen Victoria in one of her letters in 1860.
The World Photo Day project was started in 2009 and it was celebrated for the first time in 2010. A website was built by the founder of the day named Korske Ara to support a global gallery.
If we look around, we are bound to believe that our world is nothing but a big pile of pictures, all stacked with different memories.
Can you imagine your cell phone without a camera? Can you even think of surviving with your daily bundle of random selfies? Looks impossible, right?
Social media is all about photographs these days. Facebook and twitter support pictures with news and information. While, instagram is an app solely for sharing photographs. Snapchat is another popular app that helps everyone to share their day to day stories in the form of pictures and videos to keep everyone updated about their activities. Now, story sharing features have also been rolled on in facebook, instagram and whatsapp.
If we talk about our country, Shabir Mian, a photographer from Pakistan won the ‘World Photography Award 2017’ that was held in April at London. His picture of a school boy from Lahore was selected as the best picture in the world’s largest photography competition. A proud moment for all of us, it is!
Here’s his photo:
Happy World Photography day everyone!