Man and woman looking through a rubber ring on beach, c 1935.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
Snapshot photograph of a man and woman on the beach, taken by an unknown photographer. A smiling young couple in swimwear sit on the sand, their faces framed by a large rubber ring which they are holding. The pose and composition of the photograph are heavily influenced by the cinema. Hollywood greatly influenced people's awareness of style and ideas of glamour. 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.