About this artwork
After George Eastman introduced the handheld Kodak #1 camera in 1888, amateurs made millions of snapshots depicting friends and family, travels, and festive occasions such as weddings. Even while solidifying such thoroughly conventional behaviors, amateur photography developed a new pictorial language that privileged immediacy, spontaneity, and accident. Career photographers and art historians—but also antiques vendors and flea-market shoppers—have long recognized the value of the “snapshot aesthetic.” The rise of social media and smartphones in recent years has effectively ended the era of the snapshot as both a printed photograph and an image for a private audience.
- Currently Off View
- Photography and Media
- Unknown Maker
- Unknown Place (Object made in)
- Image: 7.2 × 10 cm (2 7/8 × 3 15/16 in.); Paper: 8.1 × 10.6 cm (3 1/4 × 4 3/16 in.)
- Gift of Peter J. Cohen