Sherpas, about 1925
2 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm

Sherpas, about 1925

┬ęKodak Collection/National Media Museum/Science & Society Picture Library


A snapshot photograph of a line of heavily-laden sherpas climbing through the snow, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1925. 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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