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The end of days for Kodak

(image: The Guardian)

As Kodak files for bankruptcy following a decision not to invest in digital cameras any more, it seems like the end of an era. It is a decisive moment in the history of cinema, as this move all but seals the fate of celluloid, making way for a cinematic culture that will be dominated by the digital image. As the virtual social network is bursting with stories of people’s first cameras, the cameras they inherited from their parents and grandparents and their many Kodak moments, here are some photos uploaded by BBC and The Guardian that trace a pictorial history of Kodak.

Kodak’s Development in Pictures (by BBC): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-16627900

Women in Focus: the Kodak girl:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2012/jan/19/women-in-focus-kodak-girl-in-pictures

January 20, 2012   No Comments  

SPARROW’s documentary on Homai Vyarawalla

The link to SPARROW’s 2006 documentary on Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman photo-journalist.

http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/719/Homai-Vyarawalla

January 15, 2012   No Comments  

National 35 Sprinty BC:The “Made in India” Camera

The nation that prides itself as the next superpower and claims to be always third,second or first country to put rockets, satellites of several denominations in space is also a nation that was/is incapable of producing a low tech item such as a 35 mm camera. Its closest attempt in getting a “Made in India” camera was enacted during mid 1970s in a CSIR facility, National Instruments, at Calcutta. The camera sports the tag, National 35 Sprinty BC. It retailed for Rs 780. More on this here.

September 8, 2010   No Comments  

The Social Practice of Photography

As expected, Frank Heidemann’s lecture on the “Photographic Processes and Artefacts,” hosted by the Dept.of Mass Media and Communication Studies, University of Madras, on 18 09 2009, evoked a very good response. A good number of senior professors (from disparate disciplines such as philosophy, history, statistics and public affairs) along with students in Journalism and Communication, Electronic media and other courses attended the first session of the Media and Society Seminar Series and enjoyed the lucid presentation of Prof.Frank Heidemann. Prof.Steve Hughes, SOAS, University of London, whose work on early Tamil cinema audience is well known, was also in the audience. Here is more on what I wrote today on the topic.

September 20, 2009   1 Comment