The Kodak Fallout

George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film

Wall Street Journal

Visitors to the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., over the past decade could not help noticing that the museum-in-a-mansion, the world’s largest repository for all matters photographic, was struggling to keep up appearances. Everything about the former home of the man who introduced photography for the masses—from the mismatched furniture in the offices, to the sun-bleached curtains in the living room, to the grimly lighted café for visitors—seemed to convey an air of making do with less.

Upkeep and improvements won’t be any easier now that the house’s longtime benefactor, Eastman Kodak, has sought bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. That everyone associated with the museum in recent years had seen this day coming, as digital technology conquered the photography and film market, has not softened the shock. For the first time since being chartered in 1947, the George Eastman House will have to get along without financial support from the company that has been its foundation.

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One Comment

  1. I truly think that this reporter is trying to paint a bleak picture of all things Kodak. And frankly his assessment of the condition of George Eastman House is simply inaccurate. I’ve been to the House and the cafe in the last 6 months and can assure you that the situation is no where near as dire as presented.

    Kodak’s struggles are a great source pain to Rochester – having been known as the Home of Eastman Kodak has always been our personal to the world. I don’t think that Kodak can be counted out and certainly NOT the great Eastman House nor the world-class Eastman Theater. Even if it seems that the Wall Street Journal has already written its obituary.

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