Lapp couple, Finland, c 1930.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of Lapplanders, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1930. This solemn elderly couple are posing for the camera dressed in traditional costume. Their clothing is designed for warmth and comfort in the cold of northern Scandinavia. Taken as a souvenir of the strange and exotic, no doubt the photographer and his clothes would have looked equally as strange to this couple. 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.