Chinese girl with baby, c 1905.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of a young Chinese girl and baby, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1905. The girl has been surprised walking down the street. She wears wooden overshoes and carries a child, perhaps her brother or sister, on her back. The shadow of the European photographer can be seen in the foreground. 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.