Indian falconers, c 1912.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of two Indian falconers, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1912. The two men each hold a falcon on their gloved hands. Each bird is on a leash, ready to fly. Hunting with birds had been a popular sport with the Indian nobility for hundreds of years. 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.