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Hindu temple, India, c 1910.


Hindu temple, India, c 1910.
2 7 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 19cm


A snapshot photograph of a European woman sitting by one of the large statues flanking the entrance to the temple. She wears a large hat to protect her from the sun. A group of locals hover on the left, apparently unsure about being in the photograph. 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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