European man and African woman, c 1925.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of a European man and an African woman, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1925. A stereotyped photograph, contrasting the two cultures present in Colonial Africa. The man wears clothing typical of a European in Africa, including a sun helmet. In contrast, the woman wears only a skirt. The woman's body is covered in tribal markings. 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.