Today in our World Sports has become a big thing and so has Sports Photography. After watching the NFC & AFC championship games, I see in the end all the men with cameras rushing onto the field to get a picture of the Ravens, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady to sell to some sports magazine. Do you really think that if someone takes twenty pictures of Tom Brady and 100 other people do the same thing at the same time it is worth anything? Next is my story about old photography and new photography.
In 1889 a man named George Eastman opened a company opened a company with a very strange name: Kodak. What in the world is a Kodak people said. Before the digital and Film Age, photographers used Glass Plates to take pictures and yes they were made out of pure glass. A photographer had to take many things with him to take a photograph. A Tub, a tent, the camera, 50-100 glass plates, about 5 gallons of water, over 30 chemicals some very dangerous, and great ego.
The Chemicals that were used were dangerous and if used the wrong way, deadly. Some of them were Sulphuric Acid, Nitric Acid, or Silver Nitrate. If morden day Photographers had to do what the men of the 1880s did they would probably give up taking pictures for life.
Going back to Eastman Kodak, the film age was starting to become popular and so did the Kodak No. 1 camera. ”
You Press the Button and we do the Rest” that was Kodak’s motto for the early 2oth Century.
In my next Article see how Kodak came to be the #1 camera company in the world for 3/4 of a Century.