Women in a cafe, c 1930.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of a group of women relaxing in a French pavement cafe, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1930. An older woman and two teenage girls are drinking soft drinks. Despite the sunny weather, the streets and cafe seem empty. 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.