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Photography’s Colorful History

National Geographic has long been known for photography, and National Geographic magazine has published its fair share of iconic images over its long, storied history. Of course, photography itself has a long, storied history.

Did you know the first color photograph appeared in 1861? That 70% of activity on Facebook revolves around photos? Or that an estimated 3.5 trillion photos have been taken? (Make that 3.5 trillion and one, thanks to my iPhone and a handy little app called Instagram, ha.)

A lot has also been said about the shift to digital photography from film, including about its environmental benefits (fewer materials and harsh chemicals, which offsets server space). What do you think?

Check out this infographic from Overgram below.

What are your fondest photo memories? What’s your favorite medium? Tilt shift? Instagram filters? Good ole black and white?

Mobile Photography [Infographic]
Courtesy of Overgram


Brian Clark Howard covers the environment for National Geographic. He previously served as an editor for and E/The Environmental Magazine, and has written for Popular Science,,,, Yahoo!, MSN, and elsewhere. He is the co-author of six books, including Geothermal HVACGreen LightingBuild Your Own Small Wind Power System, and Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater.

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