August 19th is World Photo Day. It’s an anniversary of sorts, recognized as the birthday of photography in the world. World Photo Day has its origins in the invention of the Daguerreotype, which was the first camera.
The Daguerreotype was invented by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837. Two years later, on August 19th 1839 France purchased the patent to the Daguerreotype and said it would be a gift to the world. That same year American Robert Cornelius was credited as taking the first selfie and photography took off from there.
The goal of World Photo Day is to share one single photo of your world with the entire world. World Photo Day is meant to inspire positive change in the world. While World Photo Day has roots that date back to 1839, it was created in 2009 in Australia by photographer Korske Ara.
A small collection of 250 people participated in the first World Photo Day. Today World Photo Day has grown over 500 million around the world are estimated to share a photo this August 19th. With social media like Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, it’s easier than ever before to share with the world your surroundings.
World Photo Day also has a cause each year. In 2018 World Photo Day is partnering with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to help children and families affected by Cerebral Palsy. The fundraising target this year is $15,000. In addition to sharing your photos, you can donate to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance by visiting the World Photo Day website.
What better way to share your photo than with a photo blanket? A photo blanket creates a lasting memory of the world around you, as it was the moment you took it. Neither Daguerre or Niepce could have imagined how quickly the world would develop around technology, like the camera they helped invent.
That’s why it’s so important to capture these moments before they are gone. A photo blanket created by the Memories Place will last a lifetime, giving you a comforting way to remember any moment in time.