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A snapshot photograph of a number of balloons rising into the sky as a crowd watch below, taken by an unknown photographer, camera, on 30 May, 1908, using a No.2 Bulls-Eye Kodak camera. This photograph may have been taken at White City in London, which was built to host the 1908 Olympic Games. 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. The origins of popular photography can be traced back to George Eastman's [1854-1932] introduction of the first Kodak camera in 1888. Snapshots are informal, personal records of everyday life and experiences.