World Photography Day – 19th August Photography X Philately

World Photography Day’s history dates back to 1837 when Frenchmen Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre (Shown on the French stamp here under) invented the ‘daguerreotype’. It was the world’s first-ever photographic process.

On January 9, 1939, the French Academy of Sciences officially endorsed the daguerreotype.

On August 19, 1839, the French government bought the patent for this device. The daguerreotype’s invention has then declared a gift to the world as it was made freely available to everyone.

Later, this day was marked as World Photography Day.

Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre
Raja Deen Dayal

On World Photography Day, 19th of August, one cannot forget the pioneer of photography in India, Raja Lala Deen Dayal (1844–1905; also written as ‘Din Dyal’ and ‘Diyal’ in his early years), famously known as Raja Deen Dayal. He was the pioneer of photography in our country. His career began in the mid-1870s as a commissioned photographer; eventually, he set up studios in Indore, Mumbai and Hyderabad. He became the court photographer to the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, Mahbub Ali Khan, Asif Jah VI, who awarded him the title Raja Bahadur Musavvir Jung Bahadur, and he was appointed as the photographer to the Viceroy of India in 1885.

Thanks to my friend Ramu Srinivas from IndDak for sharing the above resources and information with me.

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