Start of cycle race, 1937
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Start of cycle race, 1937

© Kodak Collection / NMeM / Science & Society


A snapshot photograph of cyclists lined up for the start of a sprint race at Herne Hill Stadium, London, taken by an unknown photographer in 1937. Cycle racing began at Herne Hill in 1903. The events proved very popular. Held annually every Good Friday they attracted the best British amateur and Continental professional cyclists. Originally a shooting term, the word 'snapshot' was first linked with photography in the late 1850s, when it was used to describe a photograph taken with a brief exposure. Over time, snapshot came to mean any amateur photograph taken with a simple camera. The origins of popular photography can be traced back to George Eastman's [1854-1932] introduction of the first Kodak camera in 1888. Snapshots are informal, personal records of everyday life and experiences.

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