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Tourist and Cossacks, Russia, c 1910.


Tourist and Cossacks, Russia, c 1910.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


A snapshot photograph of a tourist posing with two Cossacks, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1910. The tourist, on the right, is posing with his new Cossack friends. They are standing in front of a war memorial. Cossacks were widely used in pre-Revolutionary Russia for policing and internal security. 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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