“A quick shot fired by a hunter without deliberate aim,” reads the original definition of snap-shot from the early 19th century. By the end of the century, the term had come to describe photographs of everyday life taken by a handheld camera. With the invention of the Kodak #1 in the 1880s, and then the ubiquitous Brownie, which sold for just $1 beginning in 1900, the democratization of photography in America had begun. Effortless, reliable, and affordable— making pictures was no longer a hobby of the wealthy or the technically initiated. This exhibition celebrates the now-historic photographic snapshot—supplanted in large part today by pictures on Instagram and other forms of digital photography. The images on view commemorate important events, document travel, and record “ordinary” moments. They provide a sense of journeying into

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