10 must-know facts about photography on ‘World Photography Day’

KARACHI: Imagine the world without pictures or photographs! Sounds too boring, dull and lifeless.

Thankfully, we live in a perfect high-tech world where you can take thousands of pictures using smartphones and share them every minute. 

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And…guess what, August 19 marks the ‘World Photography Day’, celebrating the passion for photography worldwide.

Here are the 10 must-know facts for you to know if you also love to take photographs.


On August 19, 1839, France bought patent for the daguerreotype and released it free to the world


Daguerreotype camera built by La Maison Susse Frères in 1839



Daguerreotype, invented in 1837 by Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, was the first practical photographic process

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre



An earliest known permanent photographic image was made by heliography invented by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce



The minimum exposure time required to create a photograph was approximately eight hours


The first photograph – View from Niépce house window at Le Gras in 1826



With mobile phone cameras, over 350 billion photos are now taken globally every year




Around 250 billion photographs have been uploaded on Facebook




Queen Victoria and Prince Albert loved photographs and had a darkroom installed at Windsor Castle

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert



The first ever photo of the Moon was taken in 1851 and the first photo of its dark side was taken in 1959

One of the first pictures taken of the moon by Dr. J. W. Draper in 1840

One of the first pictures taken of the moon by Dr. J. W. Draper in 1840



Astronomer Sir John Herschel made the earliest known use of the word ‘photograph’ in 1839




The earliest known use of the abbreviation ‘photo’ was by Queen Victoria in a letter in 1860

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

And, this is how photography was born.

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