Three African tribesmen, c 1905.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of three African tribesmen, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1905. These three young men are posing self-conciously in their finery, with faces painted and feathers in their hair. All three carry bows and arrows but look dressed for a ceremony rather than for hunting. 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.