Kodak's moment again? Photo pioneer's legacyLoading
  • Kodaks Legacy

    Kodak's moments

    Founding the company in 1880
    George Eastman

    In this late 1920's file photo, Eastman Kodak Co. founder George Eastman, left, and Thomas Edison pose with their inventions. Edison invented motion picture equipment and Kodak invented roll-film and the camera box, which helped to create the motion picture industry. Kodak marketed the first flexible roll film in 1888 and turned photography into an overnight craze with a $1 Brownie camera in 1900.
    Read the story on federal judge approving Kodak's plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection
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  • Kodachromes Last Roll
    Succession of innovations
    Kodachrome

    This Sept. 15, 2008 file photo shows a roll of Kodachrome 64 in Tonawanda, N.Y. Eastman's marketing genius propelled Kodak to a virtual monopoly of the U.S. photographic industry by 1927. Long after Eastman was stricken with a degenerative spinal disorder and took his own life in 1932, Kodak retained its might perch with many innovations. Foremost was Kodacrhome, a slide and motion picture film extolled for 74 years until its demise in 2009 for its sharpness, archival durability and vibrant hues.
    David Duprey | AP
  • MBR
    Freeze-frame
    Brownie

    Kodak's yellow boxes of film, point-and-shoot Brownie and Instamatic cameras, and those hand-sized prints were memorable products and shaped how we see the world. In this picture, Kodak cameras, a No. 2 Brownie, left, and a No. 2 Folding Autographic, are shown.
    GUY REYNOLDS | KRT
  • Kodaks Legacy
    Digital arena
    $4 billion splurge

    Through the 1990s, Kodak splurged $4 billion on developing the photo technology inside most of today's cellphones and digital devices. In this undated file photo released by Eastman Kodak Company an unidentified Kodak technician displays image sensors embedded on a silicon wafer at Eastman Kodak Inc., in Rochester, N.Y.
    Eastman Kodak Company | AP
  • Kodaks Legacy
    Slides
    Kodachrome

    In this Sept. 4, 2008 file photo, old Kodachrome slides are seen in Clarence, N.Y. Kodachrome slides met their demise in 2009.
    David Duprey | AP
  • Eastman Kodak Bankruptcy
    Products
    Instamatic, etc.

    In the 1960s, easy-load Instamatic 126 became one o the most popular cameras ever, practically replacing old box cameras. In 1975, engineer Steven Sasson created the first digital camera, a toaster-size prototype capturing black-and-white images at a resolution of 0.1 megapixels. A Jan. 6, 2012 photo shows a roll of Kodachrome film is shown next to a variety of digital media flash cards in Rochester, N.Y. Eastman Kodak Co. ruled the world of film photography for over a century.
    David Duprey | AP
  • Kodak Bankruptcy
    Iconic
    Familiar logo

    The Rochester, N.Y.-based company is hoping to reorganize in bankruptcy court. It seems unlikely to ever again resemble what its red-on-yellow K logo long stood for - a signature brand instantly linked to capturing, collecting and sharing images. In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, Kodak products are displayed in a store in Brunswick, Maine.
    Pat Wellenbach | AP
  • Gadget Show
    Taking stock
    Kodak demise

    Kodak has notched just one profitable year since 2004. Its stock, which topped $94 in 1997, skidded below $1 a share for the first time and, by Jan. 6, 2012, hit an all-time closing low of 37 cents. In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, Kodak products are displayed in a store in Brunswick, Maine.
    Julie Jacobson | AP
  • Kodaks Legacy
    The end of a company?
    Next step

    Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, raising the specter that the 132-year-old trailblazer could become the most storied casualty of a digital age that has whipped up a maelstrom of economic, social and technological change.
    David Duprey | AP
The glory days when Eastman Kodak Co. ruled the world of film photography lasted for over a century. Then came a stunning reversal of fortune: cutthroat competition from Japanese firms in the 1980s and a seismic shift to the digital technology it pioneered but couldn't capitalize on. Now, a federal bankruptcy judge in New York has approved the photo pioneer's plan to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Could there be a Kodak moment again?
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