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4,000,000,000,000

Photography: Getty Images

Four trillion, plus the one you’ve just taken: that’s how many photos mankind has made - give or take the odd one where the flash didn’t work - since 1839. Here are other things that have happened in that time
Graphic chart: Number of photos taken per year

SNAPSHOTS: The compact camera has been a witness to our lives since 1925

© Number of photos taken per year

1925: SNAP! SHOT! 
The Leica, the first 35mm film camera, takes the world by storm and grants humanity a new sense: a sense for that perfect moment.

1960: BABY BOOMERS
What do parents do all day? They take pictures of babies, of course. All those poor relatives! Every second photo was already of a baby as far back as 1960.

1997: LESS IS MORE
The picture life gets easier: JPEG compression reduces data to a 10th of what it was, while the space on memory cards increases rapidly.

2013: YOU’RE ALL TAKE, TAKE, TAKE
A 10th of all the photos that now exist in print or digitally anywhere in the world were taken at some point in the last 12 months.

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And on Instagram. Find out how many pictures either of our holiday or ourselves are online - and how many go online each single day

FACEBOOK

350M PHOTOS A DAY:
And on Snapchat there are even more: 400m.

250BN PICTURES:
Facebook is now the world’s largest photo archive.
 

INSTAGRAM

35M SELFIES:
How many were taken in the bathroom? We reckon about 34M.

60M PHOTOS A DAY:
But there weren’t many photos taken in the whole of the 19th century.
 

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