Friday, August 19, 2011

World Photography Day

Via our photo correspondent Judy Rolfe:
Many people that have mentioned that they’ve never heard of World Photography Day. Why is that? World Photography Day wasn’t ‘created’ by a big brand as a marketing tool. Rather, it’s a day where photographers had started to come together to celebrate photography, just because they could. Any excuse to throw a party right?
Slowly, groups around the world have started to get on board with the idea of World Photography Day and you will find traces of World Photography Day being celebrated over the last 20 years or so. Each year, World Photography Day has gained momentum and this year, we’re hoping to bring photographers together once again with an even larger audience.
Why August 19th?
World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Louis Daguerre.  On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World.”
I have a thing for neon, so in honor of the day here are some shots I took where serendipitous special effects happened all on their own.


  1. Love the photos, especially the top one!

  2. This is great! I like that there is a photographer on-board The Glean that can remind us about events like World Photography Day!

  3. Not only do I enjoy making images but making contributions to The Daily Glean too.