Monday, August 19, 2019

Schools : World Photography Day : history & resources !

World Photography Day
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Photography Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography. The World Photography Day takes place on 19th August every year. 

It coincides with World Humanitarian DayWorld Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. 

View of The Boulevard du Temple
Image credit: Louis Daguerre (public domain)

Daguerre's View Of The Boulevard du Temple, taken from the window of his apartment in Paris in 1838, is a unique example of early street photography that includes the first known recorded image of a human being.  

So, since the early 19th century, photography has become an ever-increasing medium of personal expression and appreciation for countless people around the world.

The Daguerrotype/ Louis Daguerres

Some historical facts:

The date recognizes the invention of the Daguerrotype, a process that was devised by French Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in 1837. 

He invented the Daguerreotype in 1837, which was a positive image recorded on a copper plate coated with silver iodide. Latent images produced in-camera were developed by exposure to mercury vapor, and were then fixed by a strong salt solution.

A couple of years later, on 9 January 1839, the French Academy of Sciences officially announced the invention, which subsequently led to the French government purchasing the patent for the process, declaring it as a ‘gift free to the world’ on 19 August 1839.

Louis Daguerre
between November 1787 and July 1851

A photograph has the ability to capture a place, an experience, an idea, a moment in time. For this reason, it's said that a picture is worth a thousand words. 

Photographs can convey a feeling faster than, and sometimes even more effectively than words can. A photograph can make the viewer see the world the way the photographer sees it. 

Photographs even transcend the passing of time - a photo from a hundred years ago can still be as appreciated now, as it was then. A photo taken tomorrow, can still be just as appreciated by others in a hundred years' time.

World Photography Day
credits: Tagadiane


There are several benefits that come with encouraging children to take a genuine interest in outdoor/nature photography. 

It is amazing how imaginative children and teens get when they are equipped with a camera and the knowledge to operate it. 

Taking up photography as a hobby can help in improving the focus of young kids, as it teaches them to fully grasp what they are doing, in order to achieve the perfect shot.

Young girl shooting out-door
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"Many experts believe that introducing hobbies such as photography into a child’s learning curriculum can further boost their overall interest in studies as well as other extracurricular activities."

So, now you know where World Photography Day comes from, celebrate the occasion by getting out there and shooting your own images to 'gift to the world' is currently accepting submissions for photos to be featured on its site, for the world to appreciate.

Invite your students to join this event and motivate them to go out and capture a moment.

Don't forget to ask the students to share their best photos on social media and tag using #WorldPhotographyDay. 

"Most children love being outdoors. Learning to take photos will help them improve focus, explore their natural surroundings and see the world in a new perspective."

Jayanth Sharma


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