Franco-British Exhibition, White City, London, 1908.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
Snapshot photograph of the Franco-British Exhibition, held at White City in London, taken by an unknown photographer in 1908. Crowds flocked to the purpose-built site. The large number of white buildings erected to house the exhibition meant that the area became known as 'White City'. Following the succes of the Great Exhibition in 1851, trade shows and exhibitions became popular and regular events throughout the world. 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. Snapshots are informal, personal records of everyday life and experiences.