Woman sitting at a player-piano, c 1910.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of a young woman seated at a player-piano, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1910. This type of piano has a player mechanism inside the case which 'reads' the rolls of music fed through it and plays them automatically. 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.