Boarding a train, c 1905.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of people carrying fishing rods and nets boarding a train at a country railway station, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1905. Originally a shooting term, 'snapshot' began to acquire a photographic meaning in the late 1850s. The marketing of the first Kodak camera in 1888 made popular photography available to the masses and the term 'snapshot' became more widespread. Eventually the term 'snapshot' became linked to photographs taken by non-experts with simple cameras. Such 'snapshots' record the more informal and personal aspects of everyday life often overlooked by professional photographers.