Interesting Facts About Photography

Photography is derived from the Greek word and it means to draw with light. Photography is a form of art and used it for different purposes such as manufacturing, business, mass communication, hobby, etc. Today everyone has a digital camera or smartphones with a camera to capture moments and photographs here and there.  Photography has existed for a long time and has grown at an amazing pace. Now in the photography world, the new technologies and techniques have developed that helps to create amazing photographs. There are many photos that tell plenty of thrilling stories.


This amazing transformation has given photography a rich history and an existing present. If you are looking for some interesting history about photographs then the well-known photographer Haythem Lafhaj shared some interesting facts in this post that simply blow away your mind.

Here, the interesting facts about photography are:

  1. Camera originated from Latin word camera obscura. It means dark chamber.

  2. Photography word is used by an astronomer Sir John Herschel in 1839.

  3. The first photograph was taken by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1826.

  4. Robert Cornelius clicked the first selfie in 1839.

  5. In 1861, James Clark Maxwell took the first ever color photograph.

  6. In 1975, Steve Sasson invented the first digital camera. This camera was only 0.01 Megapixel and had an incredible weight of 3.6 kg.

  7. Dilish Parekh is the photojournalist from Mumbai and he owned the largest camera collection.

  8. Dr. William Longley and Charles Martin in 1926 took the first underwater color photograph.

  9. Kodak designed the digital camera, Apple Quicktake which is released by Apple in 1994.

  10. In the 1800s, the most popular subjects of photography were corpses.

  11. Mercury, silver nitrate, lye, etc. are the chemicals used in the development of photographs but the work with these chemicals were potentially life-threatening business. Prolonged contact with these chemicals could lead to madness or even death.

  12. Afghan Girl, the most famous image of the 20th century was taken in 1984. In 1985, this photograph was published in National Geographic.  

  13. Knoll brothers in 1987 developed a piece of software and called it as ImagePro. This software was purchased by Adobe and now we have known it as Photoshop.

  14. Window XP’s default wallpaper is the most viewed photograph in history.

  15. The first known pictured that shared via cellphone was captured by Philippe Kahn in 1997.

  16. The longest photographic negative measuring 79.37m was created by Esteban Pastorino Diaz in 2015.

I hope you like these 16 interesting and amusing facts about photography. If you like photography or professional photographer and want to increase your knowledge then read this post by Haythem Lafhaj. Share your views with us in the comment section.



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