It’s been reported that Kodak will be out of bankruptcy in 2013. If you have been paying attention, Kodak filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012. Which had many people worried including myself. Kodak has been producing film for the motion picture, and photography industry for over a century. It made me shudder to think it may be gone, especially since Fuji announced they stopped making motion picture film. I also have a personal connection with the company since I have worked for and with kodak over my career.
Yes the majority of the photography world shoots digital, and the increasingly the motion picture industry, but Kodak invented the digital camera. Can anyone think back to not having a kodak product? It stood as a symbol of quality. Yes Kodak became a low end digital camera maker, but their film stocks, and paper still stand the test of time as some of the best.
Film is dying, but it is a viable archive method, and has a different aesthetic than digital. Hopefully Kodak can keep producing film. I personally love the “film look”, it’s what digital had been chasing since its inception. I’m glad and I hope that Kodak does well maybe even goes into digital color correction so we can have access to a digital version of their film stocks.