August 19 is World Photography Day. Why devote a day to something as ubiquitous as photography? The goal of the organizers is to make us appreciate the wonder of the photographic process:
Today, we take our photographs for granted. But next time you’re flicking though photos from your last holiday, remember that there was once a time when photography didn’t exist. A time when those precious moments couldn’t be captured, uploaded and shared.
Why August 19? It was on this day in 1839 that the French government officially gave the Daguerreotype (invented by Louis Daguerre, pictured above) to the world. And after that we would never see things the same way again. Today we’re a bit inundated with images and cameras are in our pockets, on our computers, and will probably soon be embedded in our sunglasses. But photography itself is pretty miraculous.
Check out the World Photography Day website where you can register and contribute your photographs to the online gallery.