Two African tribesmen, c 1925.
2 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm

Two African tribesmen, c 1925.

© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society


A snapshot photograph taken by an unknown photographer. The two men are wearing elaborate feathered headresses and have tribal scarring on their bodies. As well as beads and earrings, the man on the right has a very large and impressive nose decoration. 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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