Beach photographer, c 1890.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of a beach photographer with his portable darkroom, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1890. For many years beach photographers were a common sight at the seaside. They took cheap, often technically poor, 'while-you-wait' portraits as souvenirs. The origins of popular photography can be traced back to 1888 when George Eastman (1854-1932) patented the first Kodak camera. A small box camera it was sold ready-loaded with a roll of negative stripping paper providing 100 circular pictures 2.5 inches (64mm) in diameter. In 1889 Eastman introduced the No 2 Kodak camera which took slightly larger circular photographs, 3.5 inches in diameter.