The Anniversary of the Introduction of the Box Camera

On May 7, 1888, George Eastman patented the “Kodak Box Camera.” I grew up in a suburb of Rochester, New York, which is where Eastman created the Eastman Kodak Company. When I was very young, my mother worked for them in the photography developing area. My best friend’s father was a carpenter for them, and her mother worked in the cafeteria. My brother-in-law also worked for them for a while. As you might guess from this, at one time they were the largest employer in the area, with the possible exception of Xerox, also started near Rochester.

Some Sunday afternoons we would visit the George Eastman House, a lovely old home in the wealthy part of Rochester. In addition to the beautiful rooms and furniture, the rooms held old photographic equipment, and my own personal favorites, stereoscope viewers.

I used to love taking photographs, especially of nature, and have incorporated some of my pictures in the bookmarks you can buy at But I have a friend, Bill Burke, who is much better at it than I am. He currently lives in Moville, Ireland, and you can see some of his most recent work at Do check it out – he takes wonderful pictures.


Quotes about photography abound. Here are a few I like very much, starting with three from George Eastman.

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography. – George Eastman

We were starting out to make photography an everyday affair, to make the camera as convenient as the pencil. – George Eastman

You push the button, we do the rest. – George Eastman

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.–Karl Lagerfeld

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.–Ansel Adams

There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.–Abraham Lincoln

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.–Dorothea Lange

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.–Ansel Adams

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.–Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.–Alfred Stieglitz

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.–Ralph Hattersley

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.–Diane Arbus

No place is boring if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.–Robert Adams

Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.–Yousuf Karsh

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