125 YEARS of

110,000 KODAK


13,000 KODAK

before 1880

The pre-Eastman era Show more

When you take a picture, you have to apply a light-sensitive coating to glass plates under a dark cover shortly beforehand. The plates have to be developed immediately after taking the picture.



The EASTMAN DRY PLATE COMPANY laboratory produces the first samples of AMERICAN DRY FILM. For initial testing, George Eastman has photos taken of himself.


You press the button, we do the rest Show more

The name “KODAK” is born, and the KODAK camera is launched onto the market with the following slogan: “You press the button, we do the rest.”


KODAK No 1 camera Show more

It’s the easy-to-use camera for everyone. There’s no control for the exposure time or aperture – you simply point the camera and click. The whole camera with 100 pictures must be sent back to KODAK after exposure and is returned with the finished circular photos and a freshly loaded film.


Founding of the Eastman Company Show more

The new company makes transparent celluloid film with silver halide and gelatine film emulsion commercially available. Rolls of this film are also integrated into various KODAK camera models. The new transparent and flexible film material forms the basis for Thomas Edison’s development of the motion picture camera.


Early picture with a KODAK No 2 camera Show more

This photo shows George Eastman on the crossing to Europe with a KODAK No 2 camera in his hand. The diameter of the circular image (on paper) is 6.3 centimetres. It is a 1:1 reproduction of the image captured by the objective.


Film loading in daylight Show more

The company brings out rolls of daylight film. These film rolls have trailers at the start and end, which means that it is finally possible to load and unload film in subdued daylight. It is no longer necessary to change the film rolls in a darkroom.


The Eastman Company becomes the EASTMAN KODAK Company Show more

Production in the newly established EASTMAN KODAK Company.


KODAK pocket camera Show more

The pocket-sized KODAK camera is announced. It uses a roll of film with a capacity of 12 pictures. The camera features a small window that displays the number of photos that have already been taken.


KODAK motion picture film Show more

KODAK motion picture film, specially designed for motion picture cameras, is made commercially available.


Film and paper for X-ray images Show more

Just a year after the discovery of X-rays, Eastman makes preparations for the production of film and paper to record X-ray images. The first published X-ray image shows the hand of Anna Bertha Röntgen.


KODAK Brownie camera Show more

The first of the famous BROWNIE cameras is launched onto the market at the price of one dollar, including a roll of film. The film can take six photographs and only costs 15 cents per roll. Now almost everyone can afford to take photographs.


Eastman Portrait Film Show more

With the launch of Eastman Portrait Film, the transition from glass plates to sheet film now gets underway in the world of professional photography too.


KODAK Girl Show more

In the next few years, the KODAK Girl appears in many ad images, becoming an advertising icon. The images don’t focus on technology; instead, the KODAK Girl shows how easy it is to capture amazing moments.


The beginning of 35 mm photography Show more

At the Leipzig Spring Fair, the Leica camera is presented by the German engineer Oskar Barnack. It is the first camera to use perforated 35 mm motion picture film. The compact still camera triggers the worldwide craze for 35 mm photography, using the 24 x 36 mm image format. This image format remains standard to this day – even in digital photography.


KODAK Retina camera Show more

In the KODAK Nagel camera factory in Stuttgart, the first Retina camera and 35 mm film cartridge are developed and patented. The film cartridge has since become the worldwide standard for camera bodies with 35 mm film. The legendary KODAK Retina camera series achieves worldwide fame and massive success.


KODACHROME film Show more

KODAK launches KODACHROME film onto the market. This is the world’s first colour reversal film with three layers and it becomes the most commercially successful colour film for amateur photography. Initially, KODACHROME is offered for cameras in a narrow 16 mm film format. Shortly afterwards, it is also produced in 35 mm, medium and 8 mm formats. Production of KODACHROME film continues until 2008 and processing continues until the end of 2010.


KODACHROME processing Show more

The 1936 KODACHROME film package includes, in addition to the film itself, a bag to send the film to be developed at KODAK in Rochester. Only there is it possible to carry out the extremely complex, multistage photochemical development process with the strictest processing tolerances. KODAK guarantees extremely high image quality from KODACHROME film and offers a consistently high standard of processing when developing transparencies.


The beginning of commercial colour photography Show more

KODAK begins production of colour film. KODACHROME reversal film is the first commercially available colour film.


KODAK slide projector Show more

KODAK presents the world’s first slide projector, the KODASLIDE projector. The top-loading model can hold a single slide.


KODAK EKTRA camera systems Show more

The photo shows the entire range of available 35 mm film with a KODAK EKTRA camera and the replaceable film backs.


KODACOLOR film Show more

The first colour negative film and colour paper to go with it are launched. The US Army uses them to take historically significant photos during the final stages of the Second World War in Europe.



KODAK releases EKTACHROME film – a second generation of colour reversal film. Many later types of colour reversal film are based on the same chemical principle (except for instant film).


KODAK CAROUSEL slide projectors Show more

KODAK introduces the first projector with a round magazine. The round magazine can hold up to 80 slides. The extremely successful KODAK CAROUSEL projector series breaks news ground in multimedia presentations.


KODAK Retina SLR camera system Show more

KODAK AG in Stuttgart is one of the first manufacturers to produce and make available a single-lens reflex camera (SLR). The last and most famous camera in this series is the KODAK Retina IV with replaceable Schneider Kreuznach objectives. Their focal length ranges from a 28 mm wide angle to a 200 m teleobjective.


KODAK INSTAMATIC camera Show more

The highly successful INSTAMATIC cameras are launched. They have an easy-to-load film in a type 126 cassette. By 1970, more than 50 million of these cameras have been manufactured.


Easy-to-load film Show more

KODAK’s INSTAMATIC cassette “PAK 126” simplifies the loading of film. KODAK also launches colour film with significantly higher sensitivity (ASA 64/19 DIN). Millions of the corresponding KODAK INSTAMATIC cameras are sold in the coming decade in Europe alone.


Super 8 film Show more

KODAK develops the Super 8 format and launches it onto the market as KODACHROME II film cassettes. In the course of 40 years of sales, KODAK sells several million KODACHROME Super 8 cassettes. In the 70s, a global multimedia and equipment production industry sector springs up around Super 8 film.


Flash photography with flash cubes Show more

With KODAK INSTAMATIC cameras, photographers can now take four pictures with flash without needing to replace the flash bulb.


POCKET film cassette Show more

KODAK introduces the “110” POCKET film cassette system with the fine-grain colour negative film KODACOLOR II.


KODAK INSTAMATIC pocket camera Show more

KODAK reduces the INSTAMATIC camera to pocket size and launches five different models that use the new KODAK 110 film cassettes. In just under three years, over 25 million cameras are sold.


First digital camera Show more

Steven J. Sasson from the Eastman Kodak Company designs the first digital camera, weighing approx. 4 kg. The resolution is a sensational 0.1 megapixels. Photos are displayed 23 seconds after they are taken. Nowadays, practically all digital cameras work on the basis of the principles of image segmentation into pixels and digital image data storage developed by Sasson.


KODAK DISC Show more

The KODAK DISC film cassette and the corresponding small, flat DISC camera are presented at the Photokina trade fair and made available for sale afterwards. The round DISC film disc with a capacity of 15 photos is held in a discette-shaped casing and measures 6 cm in diameter. KODAK develops a high-resolution film for the small 8 x 11 mm film image format: the KODACOLOR HR DISC film.


KODAK T-Grain emulsion technology Show more

Silver halide crystals are a key element of photographic material. The T-Grain emulsion technology represents significant progress in photochemical image recording with respect to light sensitivity, resolution and fine-granularity.


KODAK DCS 100 Professional camera Show more

The KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS 100 marks the start of the era of professional digital SLR cameras. The first digital KODAK SLR camera uses the Nikon F3 body with the Nikon F-Mount bayonet-type objective. Various digital KODAK Professional cameras follow that are based on Canon and Nikon systems, with the final models in 2004 – the KODAK Professional DCS Pro SLR/n/c cameras.


Digital professional KODAK camera systems Show more

The digital KODAK DCS Professional camera systems are based on existing analogue SLR camera systems manufactured by Canon, Nikon and Sigma. KODAK produces a digital camera component for selected models – the key elements are sensors, image storage, a display, firmware and software. These cameras are primarily manufactured and marketed for use in photo studios. The first model to be launched onto the market is the KODAK DCS 100 in 1991. The final model is the KODAK DCS Pro SLR in 2004.


KODAK Photo CD Show more

The KODAK Photo CD system is announced in 1993. The central element is the PHOTO CD, on which photo laboratory service providers can save image data from transparencies and negatives. The images can be viewed on home TVs using special playback devices. KODAK PCD files on the PHOTO CD can also be read via the optical disc drive on a PC.


KODAK Picture Kiosk Show more

The KODAK PICTURE MAKER proves highly successful as a self-service terminal for film prints and reproductions of pictures where negatives are unavailable. Nowadays, it’s possible to order prints from a KODAK Picture Kiosk via digital storage devices, via smartphones (over Wi-Fi or Internet connectivity) or via social media networks. Depending on the facilities available, collages, greeting cards, calendars and much more can also be printed. There are now tens of thousands of KODAK Picture Kiosks in retail outlets world wide.



The Advanced Photo System (APS) is launched by the companies Agfa, Canon, Fuji and KODAK, who have played a key role in its development. Features include the extremely easy-to-use APS film cassettes, the option of saving image data on the magnetic layer of the APS film and a choice of three different image formats for prints.


Space flight with the KODAK DCS 460 Professional Show more

The astronaut John Glenn and other members of the STS-95 crew use a KODAK Professional DCS 460 digital camera during their trip into space to take high-resolution images that are transmitted back to earth in real time.


KODAK APEX print station Show more

The KODAK Adaptive Picture Exchange print station (APEX) is a miniature lab that develops photos without chemicals. It offers a wide range of print options from a simple 10 x 15 picture to double-sided greeting cards, posters, canvases and photo albums.


Space Shuttle Discovery Show more

KODAK CCD image sensors are used on board the Discovery to inspect the outer hull of the space shuttle prior to re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.


KODAK Rapid Print Scanner Show more

The Rapid Print Scanner allows you to scan all your photo collections in a few minutes and to produce a KODAK Picture CD with up to 200 images from the files at a KODAK Picture Kiosk.


KODAK Create@Home software Show more

This software makes it convenient to design photo albums and calendars on your home PC. They can then be printed in-store at the KODAK Picture Kiosk ready for immediate collection.


KODAK G4XL Kiosk Show more

The new generation of KODAK Photo Kiosks with a large 16:9 monitor and new software with an innovative user interface offers optimum image display and makes it possible to design photo products quickly.

Kodak Alaris Show more

Aus dem Fotopionier Kodak ist Kodak Alaris als ein selbstständiges Unternehmen hervorgegangen. Es baut auf die langjährige Erfahrung und Wissen von Kodak rund um das Thema Bild und Fotoprodukte auf. In über 13.000 Kiosken allein in Deutschland bekommt der Kunde hochwertige Fotoprodukte wie Fotobücher, Abzüge und Leinwände in Premiumqualität sofort zum Mitnehmen.


MY KODAK MOMENT app for Facebook Show more

This free-of-charge app allows you to create photo albums directly on Facebook with pictures from your own profile and print them at a KODAK Picture Kiosk for immediate collection.


MY KODAK MOMENT app for mobile devices Show more

This free-of-charge app allows you to send images and photo albums directly to a KODAK Picture Kiosk from your smartphone or tablet – anywhere, any time.


KODAK Photo Service Show more

This service by KODAK Alaris opens up in-store KODAK Picture Kiosks to external providers of photographic content, photo apps and software. This means that photo apps from various suppliers can be used to submit photo orders online to an in-store KODAK Picture Kiosk, where they can be printed out for immediate collection.



Direkt auf dem Tablet Fotobücher, Collagen, Grußkarten und Fotoabzüge gestalten und direkt bestellen. Einfach im Warenkorb die gewünschte Bestellmenge eingeben und eine Filiale in der Nähe auswählen. Im Geschäft kann man das Fotoprodukt sofort ausdrucken und mitnehmen.


KODAK FotobuchSofort mit individuellem Einband Show more

Das Fotobuch kann auch mit einem eigenem individuellem Einband in verschiedenen Formaten erstellt werden. Im Geschäft kann man das Fotoprodukt sofort ausdrucken und mitnehmen.


KODAK FotopaneeleSofort Show more

Hochwertige Fotopaneele in verschiedenen Formaten um Fotos dekorativ zu präsentieren. Das Foto kann auch auf drei verschiedene Paneelen aufgeteilt werden. Im Geschäft kann man das Fotoprodukt sofort ausdrucken und mitnehmen.



Mit der KODAK MOMENTS App Fotobücher, Grußkarten, Collagen oder Bilder erstellen und zum Sofortdrucken an die KODAK SofortBildstation schicken.

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