Are we facing a world without Kodak?
There are doubts spreading about the financial status of Kodak, compounding years of downward trending for the photo imaging giant.
Rumors of bankruptcy are driving stock prices way down, and many people are talking bleak futures for the one-time driver of the photo industry.
From the Associated Press: Kodak shares plunge as bankruptcy fears escalate
Still, questions remain.
If you enjoy film, old prints, the history of photography in the, say, 20th century, then you may find it as hard, as I do, to imagine a world where Kodak doesn’t exist.
So many of the world’s great image were made on Kodak films, and papers, often with Kodak lenses, and even more likely, on all the amateur cameras now moldering in basements, attics, yard sales, as the digital death dirge plays over the land.
As a teacher of photography, just last night, I had to explain to a student that the images he was talking about were ‘slides’; a word he didn’t even know. Film is not dead.
Long live film!
Other small companies have been beginning to flourish, now that the big tree of Kodak has thinned enough that they can now see the light.
Kodak had already ceased making any of their fine b+w printing papers.
Ilford Harman is continuing in their commitment to silver-based imaging as well. See Ilford Pinhole Photography Kit Harman Technology Titan Pinhole Camera, and they are still producing Ilford black & white printing papers.
It’s a Friday night now as I write this. I’m going to have an adult beverage while I ponder this potential loss to my ‘photo world mindset’.
I can only hope that the rumors of it’s death are premature, misguided, and false.
What do you think? How will the world of imaging look without Kodak? Do you even care? COMMENT below.