n.PhotographyA photograph, often made quickly, with little or no attention to formal composition.ComputingA copy of a database, website, or other dynamic document at a specific moment in time.


Sir John Herschel coined snapshot1 in 1860, by analogy to the hunter's term for a quick shot made without careful aim. Snapshots became common after the introduction of point-and-shoot cameras, such as Kodak's, in 1888. Starting in the 1960s, some fine art photographers adopted an aesthetic that mimicked the common visual characteristics of the snapshot.