Men carrying cheese, c 1905
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of men carrying large trays of cheese in a a town square in France or Belgium. The men, dressed in white, are carrying large trays of round cheeses, perhaps to market or to a festival. 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.