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Tyne Bridge, Newcastle, c 1935.


Tyne Bridge, Newcastle, c 1935.
2 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm


A snapshot photograph of the Tyne Bridge, Newcastle, taken by an unknown photographer. This photograph was taken from near Newcastle's castle keep, looking across the rooftops and river towards Gateshead. The famous Tyne Bridge stands in the centre, with the older Swing Bridge, built in 1876, visble on the right. Opened in 1929 by King George V it is the most famous of the seven bridges across the Tyne at Newcastle. It served as a model for the similar, but very much larger Sydney Harbour Bridge. 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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