A short history of photography, as recounted by Kodak’s website, 1000 Memories:
- The oldest photograph (above) was taken less than 200 years ago. At bottom left it shows a tiny man getting his shoes shined.
- At most a few million photos were snapped before the invention of the first consumer camera, the Kodak Brownie, in 1901.
- The 20th century was the golden age of analog photography peaking at an amazing 85 billion physical photos [taken] in 2000.
- The first few hundred thousand digital cameras shipped in 1997.
- Kodak estimates that 2.5 billion people in the world today have a digital camera.
- This year over 70 billion photos will be uploaded to Facebook, which already has a collection of 140 billion photos.
- “Every 2 minutes today we snap as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800s. In fact, ten percent of all the photos we have were taken in the past 12 months.”