George Eastman


Born: July 12, 1854, Waterville, NY

Died March 14, 1932, Rochester, NY

Marital Status  Single

Children  None

Cause of Death   Suicide

Founder of the Eastman Kodak  Company

Now I am pushing the envelope a little here since he is not a photographer but the single man to whom brought photography to the general public.

At age 14 Mr. Eastman drop out of high school to support his family. It would be another decade or more before he would start the Kodak Company


While being a high School drop out, he became a major funder for several colleges and universities. Almost always under the name of Mr. Smith. These would include MIT, The university of Rochester and Rochester institute of Technology. He was a man well ahead of his time in that he also supported two southern Black colleges as well ” The Hampton and the Tuskegee Institutes. In just one day in 1924 he gave away over 30 million dollars to higher education. He also funded two medical schools, a dental school and a school for music.


Mr. Eastman through his company became one of the first to start collecting  Photographic collections. The Eastman Museum holds one of the largest collections of nineteenth-century photography, including major holdings of work by Alfred Stieglitz, Lewis Hine, Edward Steichen, Alvin Langdon Corburn, Nickolas Muray, Ansel Adams  and more.


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