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 The Little Kodaker Series

 

 

 

I am fascinated with old cameras. I don’t know if it is because I feel that black and white photography is becoming extinct, or if I simply value the art of its craftsmanship. What I do know is that I am driven by the anticipation of discovering if any of them still work. Old cameras differ by the uniqueness of their limitations in relation to shutter speed, focal length, depth of field, camera model and type of film. All aspects of a camera have an effect on the quality of a photograph in which aesthetically could be utilized as an advantage. And although old cameras could never produce sharp images like a digital camera, it does not matter because strong photography is not dependent upon the camera used, but upon the photographer.

Jessie Luke

“The Little Kodaker”, 2009

1957-1964 Starflex

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A Tribute to George Eastman

In the late 1800s cameras were used only by professional photographers. Photography equipment was expensive, heavy and difficult to use.  George Eastman, founder of the Kodak Company, believed that the process of photography could be simplified.  He figured there were many other people who would also enjoy taking pictures for fun, if only it weren’t so difficult, and so he set about inventing film and cameras that were safe and easy to use. Eastman’s Company offered a developing and printing service, which did away with the rest of the process. It was George Eastman advertising slogan that said it all: “You press the button.  We do the rest.”

 

George Eastman House :: The Museum :: History of George Eastman House

 

 

 

 

About the Title

Many of George Eastman’s cameras advertisements feature children and women as photographers, and because I photographed the images in this series using eight old Kodak cameras, I chose to portray a little girl holding a Brownie camera to emphasize the concept that Eastman’s cameras were so simple to operate, even a child could do it.

 

 

Cameras Used For This Work Series

 

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1904

No 2 Brownie Model B (Camera Box)

 

1924-1933

No 2 Brownie Model F (Camera Box)

1919

No 2 Brownie Model E (Camera Box)

 

1930-1933

No 2 Rainbow Hawkeye Model C

1934-1941

Baby Brownie

 

1957-1964

Brownie Starflex

1949-1961

Brownie Hawkeye Flash Model

 

1960-1963

Brownie Starmite II