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In the excitement of National Science Week last week I missed another exciting event with particular relevance to the digital world – World Photo Day on the 19th August each year.

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”.NPD

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. The world has been invited to share photos here http://worldphotoday.com/

Teachers and students of photography may find the site useful.

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