An Instagram post from Kodak recently infuriated Chinese people. In fact, it caused so much backlash that Kodak deleted the post and issued a public apology. The company shared a photo by French documentary photographer Patrick Wack, showing the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. They linked the photographer’s account which mentions the mass detentions of the Uyghur people in the area, which caused a fierce backlash.
If there’s one debate that never seems to end when it comes to cameras, it’s “colour science”. Of course, these days, if you’re shooting raw and own a ColorChecker Passport, the debate is kind of irrelevant. But back in the film days, where your look was pretty much set depending on the stock you used, it was a big deal!
When Kodak released its Portra line of films in 1998, they sent out a promotional video to photographers and studios. That video has now been (mostly) made public, thanks to photographer Jamie Maldonado, who posted big chunks of it to YouTube. It’s about as 90s as it gets and even includes one or two people that some of you might find familiar.
Finding and buying a century-old camera sure is exciting. And when that camera has a roll of film inside… Well, it makes the excitement much greater! Mychal Watts recently found a 1923 Kodak 2 Folding Autographic Brownie camera. He was happy to buy this piece of photographic history, but even happier to discover film inside. He even managed to develop it after all this time and save two photos that were on it. Mychal shares his story with DIYP, as well as the photos that he managed to save after they spent almost 100 years on an undeveloped film.
It’s impossible to talk about the history of photography without mentioning Kodak. In its 140 years long history, the company has had many ups and downs. But it remains one of the most iconic names in the industry that has changed and revolutionized photography. This fantastic video from Studio C-41 takes you behind the scenes of making Kodak film. In this factory tour, you’ll see the three phases in making Kodak film, but also learn a bit about its history.
Making prints from our film negatives is often a bit of a pain. You have all kinds of chemicals you need to buy, and the range that’s available today can be quite overwhelming. In this video, Historic Process Specialist, Nick Brandreth at the George Eastman Museum shows us how to make prints using the salt process.
The salt process is one of the earliest silver-based photographic techniques and is used to make photograms, in-camera paper negatives and prints from paper and glass negatives – I suspect it might work on some types of film, too, either for contact prints or using an enlarger, although your enlarger would need a UV bulb in it.
It’s hard to imagine that a particular film stock, especially something like infrared film, might have an origin story that’s almost as wild as a superhero. But the way Todd Dominey tells it, that’s pretty much how it sounds for Kodak Aerochrome. In this video, he goes over Aerochrome’s origins and its life until its demise in 2009.
Well, if you’re gonna go retro with some old film cameras, might as well have matching cases for your rolls of film, too, right? That’s what the folks at RETO Production Ltd (RetoPro) thought. RetoPro is also the company that brought us the RETO3D triple-lens point & shoot film camera last year.
Now they’ve reinvented an old classic, the Kodak metal film canisters. And they’ve managed to license it under the Kodak brand, too. There’s not much to them – just a metal tin with a plastic insert to keep your rolls from falling over – and they’re more of a fashion statement than anything else, but they’re one that’s quite useful if you shoot film.
Kodak is certainly one of the most iconic names in the photography industry. At the same time, it’s also one of the companies with the most turbulent history. This brilliant video from Wall Street Journal guides you through 140 years of Kodak’s history in only eight minutes and shows you all ups and downs of the former tech giant.
We mainly know Kodak for its film and chemicals. However, looks like Kodak Eastman is getting into a different kind of chemical business. The company was granted a $765 million government loan to open a new branch that will produce pharmaceuticals.