The announcement that Kodak and its US subsidiaries had filed for chapter 11 business reorganisation, led me on a search for a bit of information regarding the history of the Eastman Kodak company, and it’s founder George Eastman. The portability and everyday ease-of-use that Eastman personally brought to photography (and ultimately motion pictures), changed the course of recording our history, and allowed the general public to embrace picture taking for and by themselves.
Eastman was a very deliberate, focused and surprisingly generous man, who found success through following his personal interest in the photographic process. He was a remarkable pioneer for supportive conditions and enhanced benefits for his workforce, and was a keen philanthropist, particularly supporting educational institutes, medical schools and dental clinics.
Below are links to a few stories that describe the current troubles of the famous Kodak company, and the life of George Eastman, with further detail and comment. It’s very unfortunate that numerous missteps and lost technological opportunities have led to the current financial situation, but their impressively long and significant history forever places Kodak as an important global contributor to much of what we regularly use and enjoy in our lives today.