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Film in the Age of Digital Domination

Kodak's New Ektar 100 Color Negative Film
written by: Abhay Sharma, Paul Sergeant

Kodak was once the giant of the photographic market, with a legacy stretching back to the 1880s. The company reigned supreme for a century until the advent of digital technologies challenged their position. Kodak slowly recognized the power of digital and has been investing in digital cameras and media. Yet even when we all thought f ilm was dead, Kodak has released a new film type—something that no one would expect. Why would a company that is closing f ilm plants release a new f ilm? Kodak has recognized that some users continue to use film, and through careful analysis Read more »

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The Hockey Hall of Fame Archives

written by: Paul Sergeant

The Hockey Hall of Fame first opened its doors in the summer of 1961. Its mandate is to collect, archive and exhibit the ongoing history of hockey. This history is comprised of trophies, memorabilia, equipment and pretty much any object that is related to the sport. Since its inception, the Hockey Hall of Fame has faced its fair share of obstacles in its attempt at preserving hockey’s history and keeping it accessible to the public. The most recent of these obstacles has come from the simple fact that collections only get bigger. With the exponential growth of the Internet as Read more »

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The Tintype Today

written by: Paul Sergeant

The tintype is a 19th Century photographic process, in which a photograph is produced on a piece of lacquered iron. The process, also known as a melainotyope and ferrotype, was popularized in the mid 19th Century as a sort-of first version of the instant photograph. In recent years, as photographic technology continues to develop in alignment with the digital age, the tintype and other 19th Century processes have gone through a resurgence. Since starting The Tintype Studio this past summer, I’ve come to realize, through its history and social context, that the tintype process is as relevant today as it Read more »

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Cameras That Made History- Part II

written by: Paul Sergeant

This is the second installment of a two part series that describes unique objects held within the collection of George Eastman House. This section reviews cameras of the 20th Century. All images are shot by Barbara Galasso and used with the permission of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY. O-Series Leica It was a simple idea, a small reliable pocket camera to take on hikes and photograph the beautiful landscapes encountered. This is what Oskar Barnack had intended to design and produce in the early 20th Century. During this time the most common camera size Read more »

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Cameras That Made History Part I

written by: Paul Sergeant

This is the first of two articles that describe unique objects held within the collection of the George Eastman House. This first section will review cameras of the 19th Century, while the next section will focus on camera technology of the 20th Century. All images are shot by Barbra Galasso and used with the permission of the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and film, Rochester, NY. George Eastman House is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the world’s preeminent film archives. The museum opened its doors to the public in 1949 and combines the world’s leading Read more »

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Kodachrome: The Film that Changed the Way We See

written by: Abhay Sharma, Paul Sergeant

Kodachrome was a beautiful film– bright vivid colors, low grain and images that jumped out of the screen and filled the projection room with the awe of mountain landscapes, close-up portraits and children playing on backyard swings. After a successful 74-year run, Eastman Kodak announced in June 2009 that it would soon discontinue sales of Kodachrome. It’s interesting to take a look at both the history and science of this remarkable product. The Leopolds Kodachrome was not the first color film (color photography had existed with techniques such as Autochrome and Dufaycolor), but Kodachrome was the first practical film for Read more »