A snapshot photograph of a woman and girl in a market scene taken by an unknown photographer in about 1900. A woman and girl sell wares in a street market. Although they return the stare of the camera together, their dark and light clothing provide a sharp contrast. Both women carry boxes containing small packages, perhaps souvenirs for sale to holidaymakers. The two buildings in the background advertise photography in 'enamel types' taken 'by the new flashlight method'. The photograph was taken using a No 4 Kodak camera, produced between 1889 and 1897. Almost identical to the No 3 Kodak camera, it gave a larger 4x5 inch image. 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.
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