This documentary, on YouTube in 3 parts, chronicles the creation and fall of Kodak, a company founded in my hometown of Rochester, NY. In the last few years, it filed for bankrupty, not delivering a high-quality, low-cost digital camera as the market began demanding it.
The history as told by this documentary details the obsessive drive of George Eastman to create the next big innovation in photography. It reminds me of the most iconic obsessive, detail-oriented co-founder in modern history, Steve Jobs of Apple Computer.
I recently acquired a film camera and have loved shooting film, mostly Kodak-made (some Fujifilm). It’s interesting to dig into the past of a company so central to the life of Rochestarians. You can watch them all here: