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Cities accrue over time. Even before the first street is paved and the first buildings built, the land itself has been laying down layers.
As I stepped outside my front door to face the hot, bright morning, something unusual happened. An elderly man I didn’t recognize was walking down the sidewalk, looked up at me, then immediately turned around and started up my driveway.
My innate fear of door-to-door solicitation and other awkward social situations kicked in, and I started calculating the likelihood that I’d be able to sprint to my car and get in before I’d have to talk to this guy.
Luckily, and against my better judgement, I stopped to ask, “Can I help you?”
“I used to live in this house,” he said.
“My family moved here in 1953, when I was a little boy.”
Okay, I thought, now you have my attention.
He went on to tell me that his family was the second one to live in the house. His father used to park his Studebaker in the basement garage. (This was surprising to me, because we don’t have a garage. Apparently it was filled in during the 1970s.) He went to school on Madison Street and has lived in the neighborhood his whole life.
One of the best neighborhood fun facts? During the summer, a traveling circus used to set up shop behind our house. Nowadays, it’s an apartment complex and shopping center, but in the 1950s, it was an open field.
I was late to work. Again. But at least I had a good story to tell.
The White House [named] ten eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science, and three individuals, including retired Kodak researcher Steven J. Sasson, [was] one of three recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers and inventors.
No matter what you think about film vs. digital photography, you have to admit that’s pretty cool.
Steve’s groundbreaking invention of the digital camera in 1975 unleashed the power of digital imaging for the benefit of the world. His foundational work led directly to a series of life-enriching advances in many fields beyond photography, such as medicine and exploration.
Even more awesome. As much as I love shooting film (and I do believe it is a superior medium for fine art photography), I’m really grateful for digital photo technology. I learned so much from shooting digital photos.
Beyond that, I can’t help but think how annoying it would have been to wait for images to process each time my injured foot was x-rayed this summer. (Which was many times.) Digital x-rays were instant, and made things SO much easier.
So congrats, Steven J. Sasson! Thanks for your contribution to the world of photography!
Image & quoted text via this press release from Eastman Kodak.