Tandem racers, 1937
© Kodak Collection / NMeM / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of Ernest Mills and William Paul, world record holders, racing at Herne Hill Stadium, London, taken by an unknown photographer in 1937. As amateur cyclists during the 1930s Mills and Paul set many records for tandem racing. In 1937 they set the world tandem record in 1937. Cycling began at Herne Hill in 1903. The events proved very popular. Held annually every Good Friday they attracted the best British amateur and Continental proffesional cysclists. The track is still in use in the twenty first century, but the popularity of track racing has declined, replaced with an interest in road racing. 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.