Introduction From Kodak
With the slogan “you press the button, we do the rest,” George Eastman put the first simple camera into the hands of a world of consumers in 1888. In so doing, he made a cumbersome and complicated process easy to use and accessible to nearly everyone.
Since that time, the Eastman Kodak Company has led the way with an abundance of new products and processes to make photography simpler, more useful and more enjoyable. In fact, today’s Kodak is known not only for photography, but also for images used in a variety of leisure, medical, business, entertainment and scientific applications. Its reach increasingly involves “infoimaging.” Infoimaging is the use of technology to combine images and information–creating the potential to profoundly change how people and businesses communicate.
Just as Eastman had a goal to make photography “as convenient as the pencil,” Kodak continues to expand the ways images touch people’s daily lives. The company ranks as a premier multinational corporation, with a brand recognized in virtually every country around the world.
George Eastman was a modest, unassuming man… an inventor, a marketer, a global visionary, a philanthropist, and a champion of inclusion
On this page, you’ll learn more about George Eastman’s remarkable accomplishments and about the company that today is bringing new dimensions to his legacy.
Photography Around The World
George Eastman’s first office was on the third floor of this building on State Street in Rochester. Eastman’s idea was to make “the camera as convenient as the pencil. “Eastman coined the slogan” you press the buttonm – we do the rest” when he introduced the Kodak camera in 1888 and within a year – it became a well-known phrase.
Space was taken at world expositions and the “Kodak Girl” with the style of her clothes and the camera she carried changing every year smiled engagingly at photographers everywhere. In 1897 the word “Kodak” sparkled from an electric sign on London’s Trafalgar Square.
Today company advertising appears around the world and the trademark “Kodak” coined by Eastman himself is familiar to nearly everyone. Thanks to Eastman’s inventive genius anyone could now take pictures with a hand held camera simply by pressing a button. He made photographers of us all.
why photos are important…
“Photos can be passed down from one generation to the other. You are documenting something that can last forever.”
Whether they’re digital or film – old or new pictures help us to tell a story. Some of us have shoe boxes filled with them – others have computer hard drives busting at the seams. Technology continues to open new and exciting possibilities to help us organize the increasing number of pictures that we’re accumulating from friends and family not to mention all those that we’ve taken ourselves.
So, how do you preserve all of your photos. Think about the Kodak slogan, keep me – protect me – share me and I will live Forever.
Charles Fuqua, Bill Kenny, Orville “Hoppy” Jones (Stand Up Bass) and Ivory “Deek” Watson with Guitar
I love movies and photos can tell us very interesting stories too. The name of my new photo family album is, “More Than Words Can Say.” You can find some of the photos in my new album at the Home Office page by clicking the link to the Ink Spots Entertainment Website. That title was taken from a signature song by the Ink Spots.
What is unique about photography? Well I think photography allows other people to see the world through your eyes. The photographer can express emotion and give out a message without speaking one word. Of course you can write a thousand word essay to explain an event that you witnessed. But sometimes you can’t express yourself with mere words.
Orville “Hoppy” Jones Great – Great – Grand-Daughter Leeah Marie
Everyone has a story, and photos can help bring it to life in a special way that is so much fun. Personally, I like taking photos because I can see the world change and record the passage of time. In a way, a camera makes all of us immortal. It can capture the look, the expression, the emotion that only happens for an instant.
Time is defeated because those moments can be shared forever with loved ones for generations.
Perhaps, their faces portray their hearts and hurts and although you were not there, you understand what they carried inside a little more. That is pretty cool and unique don’t you think?
Photography has become a major part of history and our daily life. Hey, even your phone has a camera now. It gives us the opportunity to preserve our daily lives that no other art form can. Also, photography is a great news source for all of us. Photography if done right, can bring a story to life, convey emotion and inspire us. So, that’s what I hope to do with my new album. Please come back to see all the great photographers and their visual essays. Perhaps they will inspire you. Love Shelley