Kodak earns a huge honor: the Historic Chemical Landmark Designation

George Eastman and Thomas Edison
George Eastman and Thomas Edison (Image credit: Getty Images)

Before the age of digital cameras and smartphones, photographers relied on film to take photos. Over the years the process has been refined, the cameras have got smaller and it’s become more accessible to normal people. But we wouldn’t be where we are today without one man in particular: George Eastman, the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company.

After a trip to the Caribbean in 1878, with a camera that was as big as a microwave (not that they existed then) and chemicals that were extremely toxic, Eastman decided that there must be a better way to take photos. Using what he knew about the chemistry and equipment needed, he set out to find a way to simplify the process and reduce the size of the camera needed. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.