Boats on a tropical beach, c 1925.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of boats on a tropical beach, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1925. A number of small boats are pulled up in the shelter of the palm trees on the edge of the beach. Men and children struggle to pull a boat through the surf. Small fishing boats like these continue to be used in southern India and South East Asia. 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.