Press, Pictures and the Public – On the Shifting Value of Photography in the Digital Age

19 August is World Photo Day, celebrated across the globe. It was founded by Australian photographer Korske Ara in 2009. Ara chose the date because 19 August 1839 is the day when the French government granted the Académie des Sciences and the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris the patent for the daguerreotype, and the Academies then made the process available to the general public in a live demonstration before a crowd of spectators. With this in mind, our columnist Nadia S. Zaboura has decided to delve into the question of the contemporary value of photography in our digital age.