Dutch children, c 1905.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of a group of Dutch children, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1905. The children are sitting on a beam beside a river or harbour. A boat mast and sail are visible in the background. The four girls on the left are wearing what is thought of as traditional Dutch cotume, with wooden clogs and distinctive bonnets. 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.