1884: From the glass plate to flexible film

1884: From the glass plate to flexible film

The first shots in the history of photography were performed on glass plates. They were relatively bulky, heavy and fragile. In 1884, George Eastman developed flexible sensitive surfaces, and the film celluloid to store multiple images in the camera’s chamber, thus surpassing the glass plate.

The decrease in size of the units facilitates the practice of shooting (almost) all places and all times, paving the way for travel photography and news photography.

Eastman Company launched the Kodak camera in 1888. This simple apparatus included reels for roll film, a crown to wind it and a cord to open the shutter for shooting. It was an immediate success, prompting other entrepreneurs to create similar cameras, which would use Kodak films. This process of miniaturization of the device allows you to make snapshots with different types of shooting.

It was undoubtedly the simplicity of the device; the integrated frame, ease of use, and the fact that development is no longer needed immediately, which drove fans to the Kodak camera.

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