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World Photo Day Celebrates Old and New, Along With World's First Selfie

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First ever photographic self-portrait, Robert Cornelius, selfie. (Robert Cornelius/Library of Congress via publicdomainreview.org/

By    |   Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 02:21 PM

World Photo Day 2014 celebrated photo trends both new and classic on Tuesday, with an emphasis on new apps, photo-based charities, and the world's first selfie.

WorldPhotoDay.org noted that the holiday was started in 2009, but celebrates a historical event from long ago that captures the spirit of the medium.

"On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process," it wrote. "A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift 'Free to the World.'"

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The Daguerreotype, named after Louis Daguerre, was the first widely practical photo technology, and followed on the heels of Nicephore Niepce's earlier Heliographic technique, which produced the famous "View from the Window at Le Gras" in 1826.

Fast-forward nearly 200 years, and photographers have a multitude of analog and digital technologies to draw upon, including apps like Instagram, and newcomer Momentage.

Momentage is a photo app that allows users to upload an entire photo series in each post, and is rapidly becoming the go-to platform for photographers to showcase their portfolios and view those of their peers. In recent months, members have organized "photowalks" around scenic areas to create narrative photo sequences, and Apple's Upper West Side store in New York liked the idea so much it hosted one of its own.

In support of photography as a force for good, for each "moment" tagged with the #PhotographersWithoutBorders hashtag throughout August, Momentage is donating 10 cents to the nonprofit Photographers Without Borders, which pairs volunteer photographers and videographers with charities and other nongovernment organizations.

On the hardware side of things, smartphone giant Nokia celebrated World Photo Day with its photo-centric Lumia phones, which — among other features — boast a powerful lens not seen on other all-in-one devices.

Trending heavily on Twitter was a photo of amateur chemist and photography enthusiast Robert Cornelius, who is believed to have taken the world's first selfie in 1839 — 175 years later, the craze has finally caught on.



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World Photo Day 2014 celebrated photo trends both new and classic on Tuesday, with an emphasis on new apps, photo-based charities, and the world's first selfie.
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