Every two minutes, we take as many photos as all of humanity took during the 1800s
On the left is the first photograph ever taken (1826), View from the Window at Le Gras by French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. On the right is a cat who accidentally took a picture of itself (2013). Using film industry statistics, digital photography estimates and numbers kept by producers of silver halide, an important chemical for analog film, researchers calculated the number of photographs ever taken.
1826 – first photo ever.
By 1930, about a billion photos were taken a year.
By 1970, about 10 billion photos were taken a year.
By 1990, about 57 billion photos were taken a year.
By 2000, about 86 billion photos were taken a year.
Today, we take more than 380 billion photos a year.