Kodak to Sell Its Camera Film and Imaging Businesses
Sad news for analog fans: Kodak announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell off its two remaining imaging divisions — which includes its photographic film business — in a major deal worth $2.8 billion.
The company is handing over control of its Personal Imaging and Document Imaging divisions to the United Kingdom’s Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), which is the bankrupt firm’s largest creditor.
The Personal Imaging division includes over 100,000 Kodak kiosks located around the world, photographic paper, photographic film, and souvenir photo products. The Document Imaging division includes things like scanners and related software/services.
Kodak CEO Antonio Perez says that this deal will allow the company to emerge from bankruptcy as it transforms into a commercial printing company. (read more on PetaPixel)
PHOTO: Chemicals and papers for developing b&w films and prints, ca. 1968
“I hope they got Internet access. I JUST HAVE TO SEE BURNEDSHOES.COM !!!”
I found this wonderful photograph on the whatsthatpicture Flickr page - there’s a caption competition going there that you might wanna join. You can also find thousands of vintage photographs there! And follow him on Twitter!
Happy Birthday Bettie Mae Page!
Today would have been Bettie Mae Page’s 90th birthday! Page was an American model who became famous in the 1950s for her pin-up photos. Often referred to as the “Queen of Pinups”, her jet black hair, blue eyes, and trademark bangs have influenced artists for generations. (+)
Weegee (Arthur Fellig) was personal friends with the model, for years living only three blocks apart from each other just off Times Square (Weegee on West 47th Street and Ms. Page on West 46th Street), a walk one can do in less than five minutes, even Weegee with a cigar. There is a story reported that Weegee once climbed into a bathtub fully clothed with Bettie hoping for a better photo until she literally kicked him out. But until now, very few of the photographs Weegee took of his beautiful acquaintance have ever been publicly shown.
Cass Carr, Harlem jazz musician and promoter of amateur camera club outings also had a space in the very same neighborhood at 218 West 47th Street (a mere two blocks from Weegee’s house) which he called the “Concorde Camera Circle” with a rudimentary studio.
I believe the revealing studio shot here showing other participants snapping away was taken at Carr’s place. It is typical of Weegee to create his own particular view in a photographic setting. The one thing you do NOT want to see in a photo of Bettie Page is other men, but there you go. Leave it to Weegee to turn the camera on the cameramen. (read more)
A girl drinks fruit juice while resting in a hammock on a river bank near an industrial zone in southwestern China’s Chongqing city.
Richard Nunn shows Jovan Olson a picture of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a rally in Minnesota’s Capitol. The rally was to commemorate King’s birthday and to call for a state holiday in his name.
Martin Luther King died 45 years ago today. May his soul rest in peace.
Read an obituary on him on obitoftheday.com
Gustav Klimt and the five-years old niece of Emilie Louise Flöge (Klimt’s life companion), Gertrude, on the landing stage of Villa Paulick in Seewalchen on Lake Attersee.
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