Mama Finally Took It

January 4th, 2012at 07:51pm Posted by Eli

I was very sad to read that Kodak is probably about to file for bankruptcy, although not exactly surprised.  After film photography all but died out (Kodak stopped manufacturing film in 2009), they had a hard time competing with all the high-tech heavyweights in the digital space, especially on their own low-cost point-and-shoot turf.  Pile a prolonged economic downturn on top of that, and it was just too much.

As someone who grew up with film photography, I can’t help but feel a profound sense of loss.  Kodak did more to transform photography from expensive, artisanal, and time-consuming to easy, accessible and popular than any other company, churning out affordable, easy-to-use Brownies and Instamatics (like my own first camera, which I got when I was 8) for pretty much the entire 20th century.  Not to mention their massive film business.  And the Disc Camera, but hey, nobody’s perfect.

Godspeed, Kodak, and thank you.

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