Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

 When you think of photography, the name Kodak inevitably comes to mind. I knew that name when I was just a kid. They pioneered so much in the world of photography, and even though they invented a lot of technologies used in digital photography today, their own digital cameras never really took off.

I have an old Kodak digital camera that did the trick until I could afford something better. I have a Kodak Playsport video camera that I use almost daily. But neither of them would be my choice when I absolutely required quality.

It’s a different story in the film world, of course. I can’t even begin to count how many rolls of Kodak film I went through when I was younger. I got my first Canon AE-1 back in 1987, and someone told me to only use Kodak film. So I did. I dont’ know enough about film to know whether or not it was better than the other options, but I can say that it worked great for me. 

I can’t remember my exact first experience shooting with Kodak film. I know it was somewhere in Highwood, MT. Probably at a basketball game. Or maybe down by Highwood Creek. I’m not sure it matters… I just know that Kodak played a huge part in this hobby-turned-profession.

There is a great article in the New York Times from David Gonzales, remembering his own history with Kodak. My guess is that any of us who have used a camera in the pre-digital age have some kind of history with their products.

What was your first Kodak memory?

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