Train entering a station, c 1935.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of steam train entering a station, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1935. The photographer has captured the atmosphere of the station as shafts of light stream down through the skylights as the train approaches the platform. 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.