Europeans photographing an Asian man, c 1925.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of two Europeans photographing an Asian man, taken by an unknown photographer. As one man struggles under the focusing hood of his field camera on a tripod, another, holding a Kodak hand camera, looks on, laughing. The contrast is obvious, highlighting the ease and simplicity of taking photographs with a Kodak, even in exotic locations. 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.