Kodak Camera at 125
From September 21, 2013 through December 31, 2014 in Corridor Gallery
The first successful roll film hand camera, the Kodak, was publicly launched in the summer of 1888. Inventor George Eastman received a patent (number 388,850) for the camera’s shutter and the trademark (number 15,825) for the Kodak name on September 4, 1888. The immediate triumph of the camera prompted Eastman to change the name of his company from Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company to Eastman Kodak Company in 1892.
Kodak Camera at 125 showcases the new system of photography that Eastman introduced to the world with the Kodak camera with both the evolution of his camera and the snapshots each has captured. Designed with the novice photographer in mind, the Kodak was a box-style camera requiring no adjustments or prior photographic knowledge. To use the camera, the photographer simply armed the shutter by pulling up on the string (located on the front right of the camera), pointed the camera at the subject, and then pressed the shutter release. These steps were clearly explained in the camera’s instruction manual and were used to promote the ease of the camera along with the slogan, "You press the button, we do the rest."
The exhibition features cameras and facsimiles of snapshots and documents from the George Eastman House collections.