The birth of camera photography can be traced back to 1826, when the French inventor Nicéphore Niépce made the first permanent photograph, entitled View from the Window at Le Gras.
Fast forward to the present, and a staggering 3.5 trillion photos have been taken in the past 185 years. But this is absolutely the tip of the iceberg – at the current rate of 380 billion new images being captured every year, the total amount of photographs ever made should double to 7 trillion in less than a decade from now.
The digital revolution has made an enormous impact on photography, and smartphones and social media have been hugely instrumental in this massive growth. 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook daily, and overall Facebook has 10,000 times more photos than the Library of Congress. Twitter (6.9 million daily active mobile users) and Instagram (7.3 million daily active mobile users) combined account for hours of photo-taking usage each month, and photos make up 42 percent of all posts on Tumblr.
The money stat? 741 million mobile phones worldwide have some kind of photo capability.