Jama Masjid mosque, Delhi, c 1915.


Jama Masjid mosque, Delhi, c 1915.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 29cm x 32cm


A snapshot photograph of the Jama Masjid mosque, Delhi, India, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1915. Crowds throng the courtyard in front of this imposing mosque, the largest in India. The mosque is in the centre of Delhi, opposite the Lal Quila or Red Fort. It was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan [1592-1666], between 1644 and 1658. 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.

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