The Kodak Path (ca. 1888–1990s)

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The birth of snapshot photography (i.e., unskilled amateurs taking images with their own cameras) is the story of the commercial success of George Eastman and his company Kodak (originally the Eastman Dry Plate Company). Eastman was the perfect example of the new entrepreneurial spirit in the United States in the last decades of the nineteenth century. His business vision in combination with knowledge of technology was critical in the invention of the consumer camera coupled with developing and printing as a service. Kodak’s products and ‘photo-finishing’ service, and the wide adoption of both by unskilled amateurs, transformed photography perhaps as much as did the announcements in 1839.


Colour Film Film Photography Technological Path Polaroid Camera Professional Photographer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIITAalto UniversityHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Digital World Research CentreUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK

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