While almost everyone has a camera in their pocket via their smart phone, it took centuries to get there. The earliest cameras were created via the camera obscura, which projected images through a pinhole. There was no way to preserve this image, aside from tracing and it wasn't until 1825 that the first permanent photograph was made by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.
The first camera available for commercial purchase was built by Alphonse Giroux in 1839 and sold for 400 francs. The first film camera was created in 1888 by George Eastman, with the entrepreneur naming his first model Kodak. Film cameras allowed shooting movies to be more financially practical, giving rise to the early 20th century film expansion. Cameras continued to evolve at exponential rates throughout the 20th century, with digital cameras making their mark at the tail end.
The biggest camera advancement of the 21st century has been the camera phone, with Japan's Kyocera releasing the first camera phone in 1999. Today, the iPhone 11 Pro has a triple-camera system—a 12mp wide camera, a 12mp ultra wide camera and a 12mp telephoto camera. The iPhone's camera has turned the world of photography on it's head and anyone can become a photographer with one at their disposal.
Every year, over a trillion photos are taken world wide—capturing selfies, landscapes, pets or avocado toast. In honor of the incredible odyssey the camera has taken, we're celebrating National Camera Day on June 29th. Take a peek at some of our favorite camera tattoos from talented artists around the world in the gallery below, then let us know your thoughts on these tattoos in the comments section on social media.