Kodak – Goodnight Sweet Prince

With Kodak declaring Chapter 11 today I, like a lot of photographers probably, will be looking into the tubes of the internet for Kodak related content to share. I came across this video from the George Eastman House Archive of early Kodachrome Film Tests from the 1920's. Being from the Rochester/Syracuse NY area, it was impossible to not know about the local impact of Kodak while growing up. I was born in 1985. As the years passed I recall seeing news story after news story about Kodak cutting jobs, and closing buildings and slowing seeing icons of industry fad away to irrelevance (Xerox was also founded in Rochester and had several plants that are now closed or other facilities in Rochester). It's sad to see Kodak declare bankruptcy. The elements that arise from the proceedings will be a shell of a formerly great and creative company. So it goes. We can't forget that Kodak is in this simply, although it's not exactly simple, because they weren't able to stay competitive with an evolving industry. For reasons unbeknownst to me, Kodak wasn't able to stay relevant in a field they created over one hundred years earlier. Now their incredibly large and valuable intellectual property library will likely be sold off to hordes of tech companies like Nikon, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and some other unknown institutions. We can only hope that the legacy of Kodak remains with the George Eastman House and a respectable archive of achievements are not overshadowed by poor decisions late in the companies life. And while some of us have extraordinary memories with kodak film and camera's, others in Rochester's Kodak park neighborhood also have memories of poor health for their families and future generations (http://www.coldtype.net/Assets/pdfs/17.Nim.May27.pdf). With that said, enjoy the below video and try to remember that without the achievements Kodak made, much of our jobs may not have been possible.  

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