World Photography Day 2020: Theme, History, Significance, Famous Quotes and Evolution


World Photography Day 2020: Every year, August 19 is observed as World Photography Day to celebrate the importance of photography and pictures, a medium which can evoke numerous emotions without using words.

The idea behind celebrating this day is to inspire people to talk more about the art, craft, science, and history of photography.

Photography became an important part of human life since the early 19th century, and has remained a powerful means of expression and appreciation all round the world.

This year, as the world continues to navigate the times of COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns, iWanSabi wishes to celebrate this day with all our readers by sharing with you the most important information regarding this day.

What is Photography?

Literally, the word Photography means “drawing with light”. It was first coined in 1839 by the British scientist Sir John Herschel from the Greek words phos (genetive: photos) means “light” and graphe means “drawing or writing”.

Photography can be designed as the art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film.

Types of Photography

1. Amateur photography
2. Commercial photography
3. Crime sScene photography
4. Food Photography
5. Wildlife photography
6. Travel photography
7. Street photography
8. Photojournalism
9. Newborn photography
10. Landscape photography
11. Portrait photography
12. Wedding photography
13. Event photography
14. Fine Art photography
15. Fashion photography
16. Architectural photography
17. Real Estate photography
18. Paparazzi etc.

World Photography Day 2020 Theme: “Pandemic Lockdown Through The Lens”

The theme of 2017 was “Understanding Clouds” and the slogan “Be Nice” was the main subject of 2018. The theme of 2019 is dedicated to History.

World Photography Day: History

The origin of Photography is dated back to 1837 when the first ever photographic process, the ‘Daguerreotype’ was developed by the Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce.

On January 9, 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced this process, and on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent for the invention and gave it as a gift, “free to the world.” And, since 1991, it’s the day that’s been celebrated as World Photography

The First Photograph Ever

The world’s first photograph—or at least the oldest surviving photo—was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827. Captured using a technique known as heliography, the shot was taken from an upstairs window at Niépce’s estate in Burgundy. As heliography produces one-of-a-kind images, there are no duplicates of the piece, which is now part of the permanent collection at the University of Texas-Austin.

World Photography Day: Significance

The importance of photography simply lies in the fact that without it, we wouldn’t be able to preserve memories of important moments of our lives and history.

These photos are much more than simple pictures. They represent the world, humanity, us. They tell us what we’ve achieved as humanity.

The day generates awareness, share ideas, and encourage individuals in this field. It also encourages enthusiasts to express their feelings, emotions, and social thinking through their photography skills.

Photography is important because it allows people to see the world from different points of view and to admire the most different scenarios and situations captured in a frozen moment.

Photography is so powerful that it allows you to bring experiences to others in the form of images and it enables the diffusion of information of things as they really are.

Photography helps you capture anything you feel is important to remember. One photograph is powerful enough to not only remind you of an event or detail, but can bring you right back to the feelings, sounds, and even smells of the moment.

World Photography Day: Quotes

1. “When you take a picture you are performing a powerful action. You are freezing time. You are enabling someone else to enjoy that moment in all the details and you are enabling that moment to be forever.” – Stefano Caioni

2. “Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work.” – Martin Parr

3. “Photography is a creative process and a way to express your idea through images and convey emotions to the viewer.” – Stefano Caioni

4. “Photographers are one those who can turn a single moment into an unbreakable memory.” – Vatsal Nathwani

5. “Photography is a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception interpretation and execution.” – Ansel Adams

6. “Photography, when used as representational art, is not a mere copy of nature. This is proved by the rarity of the ‘good’ photograph.” —Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

7. “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know” — Diane Arbus

8. “The photo that you took with your digital camera is the creativeness you desire to create with reality.” — Scott Lorenzo

9. “Photo clicks makes everyone to look back and reveal our past in the form of thoughts which run in our mind.” – Palani Bhavesh Varun

10. “The fine component about an image is that it in no way changes, even when the humans in it do.” — Andy Warhol

11. “There is one component the photo needs to contain, the humanity of the moment.” — Robert Frank

12. “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.” – Diane Arbus

13. “I don’t have confidence words. I believe pictures.” — Gilles Peress

14. “Photography is the recording of strangeness and beauty with beguiling precision.” —Sebastian Smee

15. “Photography is a love affair with life.” – Burk Uzzle

16. “Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera,” —Yousuf Karsh

17. “The important thing is not the camera but the eye.”—Alfred Eisenstaedt

18. “Ultimately photography is about who you are. It’s the truth in relation to yourself. And seeking truth becomes a habit” —Leonard Freed

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