This last week saw the sad news that Eastman Kodak may soon be forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection. The company’s global impact in the growth and development of mass amateur, professional and scientific photography has made the Kodak name synonymous with photography for over a century.
News reports advise that the iconic 131-year-old brand will try to stave of bankruptcy by selling more than 1,000 of its digital patents , in addition to focusing its future business strategy on commercial printing. The Telegraph reported that Kodak’s share price has fallen from $30 five years ago to just a few cents this month. Kodak invented a prototype for a digital camera as early as 1975, which makes the company’s long struggle to hold its position in a digital age especially poignant.
In light of this news, I also wish to recommend Film’s Not Dead, a great blog and showcase for photographers run by Charlie Abbiss, Tori Khambhaita and Jamie Rothwell.