Furriers, c 1910.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of a pair of furriers, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1910. These two men are working outdoors, skinning animals for their fur. Various furs are pinned up around them on boards. Wearing animal furs as clothing was very popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 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.