Photography has a long interesting history dating as far back as 1826 when the first permanent photograph was taken by a guy named Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. Later in 1839 the word photography was coined by Sir John Frederick William Herschel Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. I’m kidding, his name was really just Sir John Frederick William Herschel.
The word Photography is the combination of two words. Phōs or Phōtós (meaning light) and Gráphein (meaning to write).