ASME-Landmark:George Eastman House: Technology Collection


In 1888, George Eastman created the Kodak camera, the first camera designed to use roll film. The camera's simplicity and user-friendly mechanism revolutionized amateur snapshot photography and in 1892, he founded the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York.

Founded in 1947 as an independent nonprofit institution, George Eastman House is the world's oldest photography museum and one of the leading international film archives. The museum holds unparalleled collections—encompassing several million objects—in the fields of photography, cinema, photographic technology, and photographically illustrated books, and it is a leader in film preservation and photograph conservation. Eastman House is located in Rochester, New York, on George Eastman's National Historic Landmark estate.

The George Eastman House's collection of photographic and cinematic technology, in particular, consists of more than 16,000 artifacts. The collection also includes all the necessary equipment for photographic image printing, as well as documents related to the business, manufacturing, and marketing of the photography and film industries. From devices that predate the formal invention of photography in 1839 to the modern instruments used by both amateurs and professionals, the collection offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine and learn about photographic technology. Many of the objects are unique, representing significant scientific achievement and holding distinguished historical provenance. The collection includes cameras and equipment used by renowned photographers such as Ansel Adams, Eadweard Muybridge, Arnold Newman, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston. See ASME website for more information