World Photography Day 19th August 202020 August 2020 | Katrina Clowes
Wednesday 19th August - World Photography Day! ........................On this day in 1839 the Daguerrotype process arrived!
The Daguerrotype process as it is known, was the chemical method developed by the French artist and physicist Louis Daguerre. This finally became the first commercial photographic process and paved the way for photography as we know it now....
How amazing from humble beginnings, we find ourselves where we are now in the 21st Century....
So back in 1839, it all started with a copper plate covered in highly polished silver iodide which was then made photosensitive to light by exposing it to iodine fumes. Louis then transferred the plate into the camera and exposed it to light and then developed it by using a mercury vapour. To stop the plate becoming over exposed, the plate was submerged into a hot solution comprising of salt.....what a process to enable a photograph to appear...and so hit and miss, unlike today where an image is taken and dismissed in the blink of, well ....a shutter!!!
The above photo was actually taken by Louis Daguerre himself, and named "View of the Boulevard du Temple", and the image took several minutes to it's exposure, unlike today's fraction of a second....
So despite some claims from elsewhere as to who can claim the first actual photograph, there is no taking it away from Daguerre that he created a truly special gift!
On August 19, 1839 the French Academy of Science made the photographic process and its technical details public, as they had bought the rights from Daguerre beforehand.
Widely accepted then, this is the day we celebrate as World Photography Day!
So....get out there and capture what takes your fancy....and spare a thought for those early pioneers who waited nearly ten minutes to see what they had captured, as we click and move on or grab a coffee and still have 5 minutes to burn!
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