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Tourists at Kamakura temple, c 1905.


Tourists at Kamakura temple, c 1905.
3 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 31cm


A snapshot photograph of a statue of the Daibutsu Amida Buddha in Kamakura, Japan, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1905. A family of European tourists approach the statue of a seated Buddha. A Buddhist prays at the altar in front of the statue. Carved in 1252, the Kamamkura statue is the only remaining giant effigy of Amida Buddha in Japan still in its orginal form. Roughly 50 feet high, it weighs 93 tons. This statue is the second largest Buddha in Japan and possibly the third largest Buddha in the world. 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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