Photographic Film

In the Beginning

  • 1884 George Eastman found a way of storing film in rolls
  • 1888 Eastman perfected the first camera to take advantage of his invention


Magenta viragiertes Schwarz-Weiß-Positiv by Filmtechniker

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The Three Steps for Developing the Pictures

Polemerek taking a picture by Peteforsynh

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Express Détective Nadar camera, 1888 by Daderot

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RAF photographers inspect a developed reconnaissance film at a landing ground in Egypt, September 1941. by Royal Air Force official photographer

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Fun Facts

  • In 1895 the Pocket Kodak was launched at a price of just $5, and its small size meant it could be carried in a coat pocket

  • In 1896, the first publicly screened motion picture was shown in New York City

  • Photography played an important part in early 20th-century exploration of the Arctic and the Antarctic

Folding Pocket Kodak by John Kratz

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