Organ grinder and his monkey, c 1920.


Organ grinder and his monkey, c 1920.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm


A snapshot photograph of an organ grinder with his performing monkey, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1920 using a No.2 Brownie camera. This form of street entertainment was very popular at the time but would be considered cruel today. 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.

© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society

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