Dresden Engle is the Public Relations Manager at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film in Rochester, New York. This is the world’s preeminent museum of photography and one of the oldest film archives in the United States. It is also the restored home of George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company.
In this 1928 publicity photo, George Eastman, left, and Thomas Edison assume their positions in motion picture history — Eastman with his film and Edison with his camera.
Kodak and its founder, George Eastman, have had a long history with motion pictures as well as the Academy Awards®.
Eastman is known to the world as the father of popular photography, yet he is also the father of motion picture film. Eastman and his Kodak engineer's adapted the film from the 1888 Kodak camera for Thomas Edison’s movie machines, thus giving birth to the motion picture industry. Folklore has it, when Edison received the first film sample from Eastman, he shouted to his workers, “Gentlemen, now we have it. Work like hell!”