The history of Kodak fiber based papers spanned over 100 years from the 1880s to 2005 leaving behind a rich legacy. Unfortunately, much of the manufacturing history was unrecorded or, along with most of the first-hand knowledge, has now been lost. However, some of the history remains -- in archives, libraries, and unpublished documents -- like pieces of a puzzle waiting to be put together.
The 2007 edition of A Guide to the Surface Characteristics, Kodak Fiber Based Black and White Papers sought to assemble available pieces of this puzzle to fill in missing gaps and to bring back some of the past history. The Introduction to the 2007 edition concluded with the following:
“As the title of this work states, it is a guide, not a definitive technical paper nor an exhaustive examination of all possible resources. … Hopefully, this attempt to recapture the history will aid in the discovery of new information that will provide additional clarity.”
New pieces to the puzzle and better information to interpret the available history continue to be found. This new research has prompted the need to revise earlier statements, to adjust assumptions, and, in some cases, correct misinterpretations.
This second edition is not a sign that the search is over. New information has closed some gaps but has opened others. The work to rebuild the history of the fiber based papers continues.
|Berenice Abbott||Ansel Adams||Paul Anderson||Eugène Atget|
|Bisson Frères||Margaret Bourke-White||Brassaï||Anne Brigman|
|Henri Cartier-Bresson||Alvin Langdon Coburn||Imogen Cunningham||André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri|
|Frederick Henry Evans||Hill & Adamson|