October 21st World Toy Camera Day
What child hasn’t had a toy camera? They go all over the place taking pretend pictures that at least in their minds is going to turn out perfectly! WTCD.org hopes that trend will continue as they created today, they also happen to sell toy cameras.
The only difference here is that they consider older cameras, real ones, to be toys. I’m not really sure if they are making fun of the day or taking themselves seriously but since they created it aren’t they sort of making fun of themselves!
How to celebrate – Take your old camera out and take some pictures you can send to WTCD.org. Buy your child a toy camera. Read a book about photography.
In the late 1700s, Thomas Wedgwood created shadow image photograms making him the first photographer in history. In 1822, Nicephore Niepce, took the first picture that could be recognized but his process was not fast or easy – the subject was required to remain still for several hours while the picture “took”. Unfortunately he broke the plate while trying to make copies and literally destroyed his work.
Niepce joined with Louis Daguerre who began work more as a chemist than a photographer. With Nicephore’s process the image was required to remain still for several hours while the picture “took”. When Nicephore died in 1833, Daguerre was forced to move on by himself. In 1838, he took a picture that required the image remaining still for only 10 minutes and the art of modern photography had begun.
Many others helped bring the art up to the standards it is today. Hercules Florence, John Herschel, Frederick Scott Archer, and Gabriel Lippman are among a few of those names.
Probably the most recognized is George Eastman. He invented the use of modern ‘film’ in 1885.
How to celebrate: Go out and take some pictures, Buy a new camera, Find a place where you can get an old-time photo made, Make “sunprints”.
Thank you to Max the Cat and his unfuzzy folks for sharing!