Tiger hunt, c 1897.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of a group of tiger hunters in India, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1897. Hunting tigers for sport was popular with wealthy Europeans in India during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Mounted on an elephants, the hunter had a good view of the tiger in the thick grass. He was also much safer, riding high up on the elephant's back. 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.