The Eiffel Tower and Trocadero, Paris Exhibition, 1900.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of the Trocadero and Paris Exhibition of 1900, seen through the legs of the Eiffel Tower, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1905. The Universal International Exhibition was held in Paris on the banks of the River Seine in 1900. It had displays of animals and 'natives' from the French colonies plus a wide range of buildings from different places, periods and styles. The exhibition was also meant to look forward to the new century. An elevated electric railway ran around the site. Examples were shown of what was thought to be the best in modern architecture and design, such as Art Nouveau. 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