- Nov 4, 1999Part of the fun of being at a large University is having a nice array of
guest speakers come right to your doorstep. It offers a great opportunity
to meet and chat with those who hold top positions in all sorts of
Tonight I got a chance to attend a speech and presentation by Mr. Dan Carp,
current President and soon-to-be CEO of the Eastman Kodak Company. He
talked a lot about how the photo industry is changing and how his business
is becoming increasingly digital. He said digital camera sales and related
technology are now about 20% of his business.
For those of you who are worried about Kodachrome, I took the time to speak
with Mr. Carp in person after the speech.
About a year ago, there was some talk among a few photo insiders that a new
Kodachrome lab was invented which could process K-14 Kodachrome using a
minimum of equipment. This would allow Kodachrome's difficult chemical
processing to be done in common 1-hour photo shops. I have seen very little
on this since the initial reports, which were few to begin with. So I asked
Mr. Carp about it.
Mr. Carp said that his company did in fact invent a successful 1-hour
Kodachrome machine. Unfortunately, he said, so few patrons were interested
in buying the smaller processing machine that production on it was stopped.
He said the machine was simply not worth the hassle because it would never
turn a profit.
Oh well, guess we're stuck with waiting for a week for our Kodachromes to
come back from the big labs...
All in all, a very interesting speech.