Being that it is World Photo Day, we are prompted to remember the history of photography and the impact the art form has had on all of our lives.

Photographs are impactful; from your own personal family moments to moments in world history that forever embed events in our memories. This art form is unlike any other; it allows for people to see the world and its history as if they are actually right where the picture is captured. It allows for people to share their world with the world.

Pictures can convey many emotions and messages. For me, my aunt’s digital signature is to this day a sobering source for me. After her premature passing, her Facebook and Instagram photos, which exemplified her relentless non-profit work within international and local communities, jar me frequently. Seeing the impact she had on so many is a constant reminder of how I should work towards leaving my own imprint on the world and those around me through my photographic signature. Her smiles that transcend her pictures are contagious, and when I am reminded of her existence, I am reminded of the person I hope to one-day resemble. 

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For me, my family gatherings are marked by a camera in at least one person’s hand and always having to be photo-ready. My childhood pictures bring back the fondest memories and the milestones in my life with those closest to me.

My uncle and me at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival circa 2000


Photos captured by photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Henry Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibowitz, Armin T. Wegner, Nick Ut, and so many others remind us every day of events that shaped our modern culture. From crimes against humanity and movements which allowed us to grow tolerance and acceptance for all walks of life, to the simple joys in life, we are surrounded by stories.

As George Santayana famously stated, “He who does not learn from history is doomed to repeat it”. Not only does the art of photography allow for future generations to relive the past, photography allows for people to learn from it while also discovering the beauty found in all forms and aspects of life.

1936 --- Florence Owens Thompson, 32, a poverty-stricken migrant mother with three young children, gazes off into the distance. This photograph, commissioned by the FSA, came to symbolize the Great Depression for many Americans. --- Image by © CORBIS

1936 — Florence Owens Thompson, 32, a poverty-stricken migrant mother with three young children, gazes off into the distance. This photograph, commissioned by the FSA, came to symbolize the Great Depression for many Americans. — Image by © CORBIS

 

U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal)

U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal)

 

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 14: A jubilant American sailor clutching a white-uniformed nurse in a back-bending, passionate kiss as he vents his joy while thousands jam Times Square to celebrate the long awaited-victory over Japan. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Pix Inc./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

A jubilant American sailor clutching a white-uniformed nurse in a back-bending, passionate kiss as he vents his joy while thousands jam Times Square to celebrate the long awaited-victory over Japan. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Pix Inc./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images).

 

Photo by Thomas E. Franklin. September 11, 2001

 

Nelson Mandella visits the Robben Island cell where he spent 19 years in prison. Photo by David Turnley. 1994

Steve Jobs with the first Mac.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men's 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men’s 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

As technology continues to evolve, we will remain fascinated by this medium. The actions we each take today whether in front or behind the camera will be remembered forever. Celebrate this day by actively capturing history!


Written by Alik Christianian & Todd Tieman

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