On the 19th of August 1839, two years after the invention of the Daguerreotype, the French government patented Louis Daguerre’s photographic process. Luckily, the French gov also decided that the daguerreotype process should be “free to the world” and offered it as a gift (quite a remarkable thing to do since there was no material gain for them – none that we know of anyway). Fast forward to 2016, today we’re celebrating the 6th World Photo Day, and, on a more personal note, the first blog post of the newly re-branded Books Design by Ana Grigoriu.
Photography – 600 seconds vs. 0,005 seconds for a portrait shot
Initially a Daguerreotype needed at least 10 minutes of exposure so you can guess the effort it took for someone to pose for a portrait. Imagine sitting in one of these (notice the headrest):
Even so, the Daguerreotype was quite successful once it became affordable, around 1853. It only cost around a day’s wage to shoot a photo (good thing it’s changed, with today’s selfie-frenzy). The great news was that the exposure time decreased significantly as well, and with it probably so did muscle spasms.
Today we just can’t seem to get enough of photography, we’ve got 20 billion photos shared on Instagram with 60 million selfies added every single day, so it’s safe to say we’re pretty much addicted to what Monsieur Daguerre invented.