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Two children by bathing machines, c 1895,


Two children by bathing machines, c 1895,
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


A snapshot photograph of two children at the seaside, standing amongst a group of bathing machines on the beach. The younger child seems to be drumming a mallet against a packing crate. Interestingly, the photographer has chosen to record this scene at child height. The informal immediacy of the photograph is emphasised by the two children looking off to the left and right, away from the camera. 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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© Kodak Collection / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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