Woman lying beneath palm trees, c 1911.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of a woman lying on the ground in the shade of a group of palm trees, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1911. Wearing typical Edwardian dress, with an elaborate floral hat, this woman shelters from the sun in a palm grove. The bungalows in the background suggest the photograph may have been taken in India or perhaps Malaysia or Burma. This photograph was taken with a No. 2 Folding Pocket Kodak camera, produced between 1899 and 1911. 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.