European woman feeding a troop of monkeys, India, c 1910.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of a European woman kneeling to feed a group of Hanuman monkeys. Her Indian servant and driver look on in the background. Monkeys have been tolerated and even welcomed in Indian temples for hundreds of years. The monkeys are named after Hanuman, the monkey god, in Hindu culture. 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.