Holborn Viaduct Station, London, c 1910.


Holborn Viaduct Station, London, c 1910.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm


A snapshot photograph of passengers on a platform, taken by an unknown photographer. A sailor with his kitbag is asleep on a bench, waiting for a train. A South Eastern and Chatham Railway locomotive with a train for St Paul's waits at the platform. The SE & CR was formed in 1898 and was absorbed into the Southern Railway in 1923. Originally a shooting term, 'snapshot' began to acquire a photographic meaning in the late 1850s. The marketing of the first Kodak camera in 1888 made popular photography available to the masses and the term 'snapshot' became more widespread. Eventually the term 'snapshot' became linked to photographs taken by non-experts with simple cameras. Such 'snapshots' record the more informal and personal aspects of everyday life often overlooked by professional photographers.

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© Kodak Collection / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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