These snapshots chronicle the evolution of snapshot photography from 1888, when George Eastman first introduced the Kodak camera and roll film, through the 1970s. During this time it became possible for anyone to be a photographer, and snapshots not only had a profound impact on American life and memory, but they also influenced fine art photography. Organized chronologically, the photographs presented here focus upon the changes in culture and technology that enabled and determined the look of snapshots. They show the influence of popular imagery, as well as the use of recurring poses, viewpoints, framing, camera tricks, and subject matter, noting how they shift over time. The snapshot photography is presented chronologically, rather than concentrating on a particular thematic subject matter. Some say that this particular procedure marks a new approach to the genre. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Robert E. Jackson and from recent gifts Mr. Jackson made to The National Gallery of Art.
The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978
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