Europeans photographing an Asian man, c 1925.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

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.

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