Brighton promenade, c 1905.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of people on Brighton promenade taken by an unknown photographer in about 1900. Men, women and children, well dressed for the occasion, take the sea air on a sunny day. The entrance to Brighton Pier is just visible on the left. Brighton was for many years the largest and grandest of British seaside resorts. This photograph was taken using a Kodak No 1 Panorama camera, first produced in 1900. Panorama cameras were box-shaped with a swivelling lens which rotated when the release was pressed. 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.