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Nurse shaving a soldier, c 1918.

Nurse shaving a soldier, c 1918.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 19cm x 32cm


Snapshot photograph of a an nurse giving a British soldier a shave with a cut-throat razor, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1918. 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 introduction of the first Kodak camera in 1888. Snapshots are informal, personal records of everyday life and experiences.

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