There is no denying the beauty and interest of photography. The ability to capture such stunning moments in time is something that will never be dated. However, photography is not something that stands still. There has been a lot of progression over the years. With this in mind, we’ve taken a look at some of the most interesting photography facts that you may not know.
“Bliss” is the most viewed photograph in history
You may not be shocked to discover this when you learn about this photograph. The reason why “Bliss” is the most viewed photograph is that it is the default wallpaper for Windows XP. It was captured in 1996 by Charles O’Rear. You may assume that Charles is now a millionaire, but he did not make as much money as you would expect from this iconic image. The reason for this is because the image was purchased via a stock site.
You can get paid when someone views your photographs
A lot of budding photographers are looking for fresh and exciting routes into the industry. One thing they do not realize is that they can get paid whenever someone simply views their photography; and the viewers don’t even have to use it for the photographer to get paid. There are sites like ClickASnap that will pay you simply when someone clicks on your photo and views it.
The oldest surviving image is almost 200-years-old
This is a pretty impressive fact, for more than one reason. Not only has this photograph survived for such a long period of time, but it took around eight hours to capture. The photograph is named “view from the window” and it was taken by a man called Joseph Niepce. The image was captured in an area of France known as Saint-Loup-de-Varennes. The photograph shows the surrounding castle, as well as other buildings in the area. We are lucky that this image survived, especially as so much work went into creating this photograph.
The most expensive photograph in the world fetched in $4.3 million
If you have aspirations to earn from your photos, then this is well worth keeping in mind. The photo was captured by Andreas Gursky back in 1999. It was sold 13 years later in 2011, and captured an incredible fee of $4,338,500 at auction.
To this day, it is still the most expensive photo to have ever sold. You may have heard different, as Peter Lik claims to have sold a photograph for $7 million. However, as the buyer wants to remain anonymous, there is still no proof, and so this doesn’t count. Of course, we are sure that Peter Lik does not mind if he still has $7 million in the bank.
We believe these are some of the most interesting photography facts that you may not have been aware of. We hope that this post has provided you with a few surprises. Photography is certainly an exciting industry and art form, and we’re sure it will bring us further interesting facts in the future.