George Eastman: A Biography

George Eastman: A Biography

by Elizabeth Brayer
     
 

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As a 23-year-old bank clerk, George Eastman bought his first camera and began simplifying the cumbersome and messy wet plate process. He soon patented a dry plate coating machine, began selling photographic plates, and started his own company. In the first new biography of Eastman since 1930, Brayer draws a vivid portrait of the American innovator, portraying him as,

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As a 23-year-old bank clerk, George Eastman bought his first camera and began simplifying the cumbersome and messy wet plate process. He soon patented a dry plate coating machine, began selling photographic plates, and started his own company. In the first new biography of Eastman since 1930, Brayer draws a vivid portrait of the American innovator, portraying him as, among other things, an art lover, a world traveler, and philanthropist. 60 illustrations.

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Brayer's is a balanced picture of one of the modern era's seminal industrial figures; she has been able, for the first time, to draw on a wide range of sources, including personal papers and corporate records. --TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Brayer's admirably detailed biography is a fine work of reference. Personalities, social history, science: all are meticulously documented. George Eastman is a very welcome addition to one's biography shelves. --THE LITERARY REVIEW, BALTIMORE A history of technological revolution in the photographic medium and the emergence of "big business" via the Kodak empire...also a detail-rich look at turn-of-the-century central New York. --LIBRARY JOURNAL Brayer has written a candid, fact-crammed life of the first camera-and-film tycoon. --PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY Meticulously researched and clearly written, this book is unlikely to be rivaled and should be recognized as the standard work on the subject. Elizabeth Brayer should be congratulated on a magnificent achievement. A fitting tribute to one of the formative figures of modern times. --BOOKSHELF Brayer's big book triumphantly mines Eastman's correspondence and reports of those who knew him well. It is a complex and frequently sparkling story of invention, industrial growth in a changing America, personally managed philanthropy, and a little-known, intriguingly complex personality. --THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE The astute selection of letters and quotations from more than 20,000 records is a signal achievement. This biography is a fine window on the life of a most unusually talented, interesting, and deeply thoughtful man. --JOURNAL OF IMAGING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580464246
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
11/30/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
702
Sales rank:
687,161
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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