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World Photography Day 2022 is a special day meant to appreciate, express praise and celebrate the works of photographers worldwide.
When is World Photography Day 2022?
Every year World Photography Day is celebrated on the 19th of August. This day is an exclusive celebration of photography’s history, basking in the present technological trends in photography and anticipating a wonderful opportunity for the future.
History of World Photography Day
France was a pioneer country in the world of photography. It gave the world its first photographic procedures. Before the world could even think that a moment could be permanently captured through a photograph, the Frenchman Louis Daguerre created a miracle. It was in the year 1839 that Louis Daguerre found the daguerreotype, majorly a photographic procedure. This process was officially announced to the world by the French Academy of Sciences.
Even more interesting fact about this invention is that the whole procedure was made available for free to the world. This landmark event was declared as free to the entire world on the 19th of August, 1839. Thus every year, this day is celebrated as World Photography Day. In 1861, progress could be seen in photography when the first colour photograph emerged on the scene by Thomas Sutton. Exactly two decades later, the first hallmark innovation in the field of photography made inroads.
The digital camera was invented by Kodak. With this innovation, much of the old photography themes were suspended completely to make way for sophistication, filters, effects and 3D visualization treats. Thus the journey from a rare click to every second click on our mobile is worth traversing through. International Photography day extends this journey and allows the world know how and what it took for a photo to become a masterpiece.
World Photography Day 2022 Theme
The best way to celebrate a day on world photography day would be to motivate themed photography contests to contenders. We could arrange various charity events that would sell photographs for a fair price and serve the donations received to a charitable trust. Exhibitions of different illustrious and enriched photography could be celebrated on this day.
So various themes could be concluded together to make the special day a wondeful event to remember. Photography associations across the world collect to theme the day with catalogues, handouts, printed book shares, bookmark photography, and tea time photography and spur the appealing art’s interest.
World Photography Day 2022 – Significance
A photo is nothing but a combined bag of emotions taking place at a specific instant of time, exhibited beautifully through the art of photography. It conveys unlimited feelings and emotions to the person who clicks the photograph and those who enjoy it. The day is very important and grasps a special mention in the modern world. The most important part is inspiring young budding professionals and interested candidates to pursue photography as a passion.
The significance also includes inspiring students to treat photography as a career. Photography could be a rewarding profession too! Many of us are not even aware of the various fields in photography. Various personalities worldwide have tasted huge success in areas like wildlife photography, nature photography, childhood photography and similar themes.
World Photography Day 2022 Celebration
Celebration of World Photography day can be indoors or outdoors. Indoor photo shoots or themed destination photoshoot rule the themes for the day. Celebrations rotate around the art of photography. Photography is an art or more of a craft that is a creative beat that mingles the knowledge of science and creative instincts. Celebrations around the world rotates around this concept. Expert photographers, creative workers in the field of photography are celebrated on this day. Let us all smile for a day worth celebrating the photographers of the world.
10 most famous photos of all time: Artalistic’s curated selection
View from the Window at Gras – Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, 1827
This is the very first photograph taken ever. The scientist Nicéphore Niépce (1765-1833) was captivated by the blossoming craze for Lithography and planned to place polished pewter plates coated with a light sensitive chemical called bitumen of Judea inside a camera obscura. Niépce took this famous picture from his house in Saône-et-Loire. The exposure took eight hours. Once the plate was removed from the camera he used a combination of lavender oil and white petroleum to develop the image.
Man Jumping the Puddle – Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1932
The French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson took this famous photo at the back of the Saint-Lazare train station in Paris. Cartier-Bresson is known for forming the term “the decisive moment,” which mentions to a photographer’s ability to capture a subject at exactly the right instant and in doing so smashing normal life to recover a transcendent moment. The man jumping over the water can be compared to a dancer whose silhouette is reflected most elegantly in a puddle. A mysterious, grey background juxtaposes this elegant figure. The image also perfectly reflects Roland Barthes’ theory about the punctum and stadium, which he defines in his book Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography (1980). In this seminal book he explains punctum as the features of a photograph that generate or convey a meaning without invoking any recognizable symbolic system. This kind of meaning is special to the response of the individual viewer of the image. The punctum punctuates the stadium – historical, social or cultural meanings extracted via semiotic analysis – and as a result pierces its viewer. To let the punctum effect, the viewer must renounce all knowledge. Barthes asserts that the punctum is not just the sum of wishes projected into the photograph. Rather, it appears from details that are unintended or uncontrolled by the photographer, namely the detail that attracts the eye and the general impression that emerges from a photograph.
Lunch atop a Skyscraper – Unknown, 1932
The names of the subjects in this famous photo or the name of the photographer is not known. This image of workers taking a daredevil’s lunch break at the top of a skyscraper definitely makes the viewer weak but it also brings their attention to the very risky life the workers building the Rockefeller Center lead. In the first half of the 20th century, dozens of workers died after fatal falls during the construction of different skyscrapers.
V-J Day in Times Square – Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945
In the backwash of World War II, Alfred Eisenstaedt took to the streets of New York’s Time Square to preserve celebrations marking the end of the war. This is one of the most famous photos of the 20th century; anyhow while some critics expect it to be capturing a loving reunion between a sailor and a nurse and others see it as a sexual assault. The latter interpretation resonates with the present day #MeToo movement.
Gandhi and the Spinning Wheel – Margaret Bourke-White, 1946
Margaret Bourke-White, an iconic female photographer from the 20th century, commemorated Gandhi several times and is well known for this famous photo that was taken two years before his death. This picture was first published in the American magazine Life. After Gandhi’s death, on January 30, 1948, Bourke-White’s photographs of Gandhi escalated in price and took a significant place in art history.
The Burning Monk – Malcom Browne, 1963
On June 11, 1963, in a street in Saigon, Vietnam, the monk Thich Quang Duc killed himself as an act of protest over discrimination toward Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. During a demonstration, he asked to be drenched with gasoline and asked that he be set on fire. Associated Press photographer Malcolm Browne was on the scene at the time and captured a stunning image, a world-famous photo that also won a Pulitzer Prize. The American fusion-rap band Rage Against The Machine used it for the cover of their 1992 self-titled album.
Napalm Girl – Nick Ut, 1972: a famous photograph supporting human rights
The Vietnamese photographer Nick Ut captured this stunning photograph on June 8, 1972. During the Vietnam conflict, the American army often used napalm during their missions, anyhow this time one of the planes by mistake hit the village of Trang Bang, injuring many civilians. Nick Ut brought the 9-year-old girl in this photograph to an American hospital where she was saved. After 17 skin implants, the young girl went on to live a full life and even had two children.
Afghan Girl – Steve McCurry, 1984
Steve McCurry took this famous photograph during a trip to Afghanistan in 1984 to make a document on the migration of Afghan refugees. This picture of 17-year-old Sharbat Gula was clicked in the refugee camp of Nasir Bagh. It became the symbol of the Afghan struggle and was appeared on the front page of the National Geographic newspaper in June 1985.
Tank Man – Jeff Widener, 1989
This famous photo of a young Chinese man standing in front of tanks during the 1989 Tiananmen Square outbreak made Jeff Widener the most famous photojournalist of the late 20th century. The day before taking this photograph Widener had been wounded by a stone and was told to stay in his hotel, while all the other American and European journalists took refuge at the airport. Widener took the chance to photograph the outbreak from his hotel window. He ran out of film and asked an Australian tourist staying in the hotel to buy a roll of film. Widener used this roll to take this famous photograph, which is now broadly held to be one of the most well known photos ever taken and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990.
Death at the Gates of Paradise – Javier Bauluz, 2000
Javier Bauluz was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for this famous photograph, which highlights the large inequality between social classes in the world. This image shows two tourists passively sitting in front of the dead body of a migrant who was trying to reach Europe.
We hope that you enjoyed our selection of the 10 most famous photograhs of all time. Feel free to search our compiled collection of photographs, paintings, sculptures, drawings and limited edition prints. Thank you and see you soon for the latest news from the art world.
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