You might not recognize the name “George Eastman,” but no doubt you’ve heard of his company: Kodak. After inventing roll film, Eastman founded Kodak in 1880, setting out to, in his own words, “make the camera as convenient as the pencil.” In 1888, he introduced the Kodak camera, and the rest is history…Head over to Kodak to learn more about the history of Kodak and the man who started it all.
But Eastman was more than an inventor and entrepreneur. He was also well-known for his philanthropy, establishing and supporting the Eastman School of Music and contributing over $100 million to other various organizations and institutions, including the University of Rochester, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Tuskegee Institute, and several dental clinics.
Celebrate George Eastman’s birthday by releasing your inner photographer and/or philanthropist in honor of the man who made mainstream photography possible and used his profits to help others.