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Men with crocodile, India, c 1910.


Men with crocodile, India, c 1910.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 19cm x 32cm


A snapshot photograph of a group of men wrestling a crocodile into a boat in India, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1910. The men have probably captured an Indian marsh crocodile or 'mugger'. Living in freshwater rivers, marshes and even reservoirs, these crocodiles can be a danger to human life. In the past, these crocodiles were threatened by hunting for their skins. Today, they are more threatened by the effects of agricultural and industrial development. 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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