10 facts about photography
1. The date celebrates August 19, 1839, when the French government bought the patent for the daguerreotype and released it “free to the world”.
2. The daguerreotype, invented in 1837, was the first practical photographic process.
3. The earliest known permanent photographic image, however, was created by a more complex process called heliography in 1826.
Around 250 billion photographs have been uploaded to Facebook
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had a darkroom installed at Windsor Castle
The first photo of the Moon was taken in 1851
10. The earliest known use of the abbreviation ‘photo’ was by Queen Victoria in a letter in 1860.