Today is World Photography Day. Korske Ara, the founder of World Photography Day created this special day with a simple but compelling concept: “I believe that photography has the power to tell stories, inspire generations and initiate change in the world.” Here at the Josephine Herrick Project we have seen first hand how photography can change a child or an adult and inspire them to reach further and see the world with a different vision. Todd Adelman, Director of Special Projects for Block Institute, one of our program partners attests to the power of photography: “The cameras and instruction that [JHP] offers makes a remarkable difference to what an organization can offer to its participants’ quality of life. They are no longer defined by their disability but can live up to their full potential. Learning photography teaches them to open their eyes, appreciate, participate and be a partner in the world around them”. bit.ly/AnJ7aC
So today on World Photography Day I encourage you to go out and take a meaningful picture about how photography has changed your world and share them on our Facebook page today: https://www.facebook.com/JosephineHerrickProject
You can also make a difference on World Photography Day by buying a JHP book http://jhproject.org/booksprints/ or donating to JHP to help us the change the world of the participants in our programs through the power of photography.http://jhproject.org/donate-2/
About World Photography Day
World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and 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”.
Another photographic processes, the Calotype, was also invented in 1839 by William Fox Talbot (it was announced in 1841). Together, the invention of both the Daguerreotype and Calotype mark 1839 as the year that photography was invented.
Over 170 years later, we have chosen this date, August 19th to celebrate photography, It’s past, present and future, technologically and artistically. Today, we can share memories across the globe in seconds. Photography is an invention that has revolutionised the way we see the world. We can visit places without leaving our home. We can share adventures with friends in another city and we can watch grandchildren grow up thousands of kilometers away. There was once a time when photography didn’t exist.
World Photography Day is about celebrating the ability we have to communicate though this powerful visual medium.