Men carrying cheese, c 1905
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

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.

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