Lightning, 1899

Lightning, 1899
3 3 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Description

A snapshot photograph of lightning above the rooftops of Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, taken by an unknown photographer on 5 August, 1899. 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.

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