A snapshot photograph of a man and woman on a seafront parade taken by an unknown photographer in about 1900. A richly dresed woman sits in a bathchair, shading herself from the sun with a parasol. A man stands by her side, at her feet sits a small dog. Coastal resorts developed in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as visitors came to take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of the sea and sea air. 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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