Glenn at Kodak PCD workstation

Glenn at Kodak PCD workstation

Here’s a blast from the past. I worked at Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd. for 8 years from the beginning of 1990 until the end of 1997. During that time I held a number of positions commencing with an on-line testing role as part of the manufacture of Kodak film and paper, a customer service job, a photo correspondent and technical hotline specialist and, finally, Product Manager for Professional Imaging for Australia and New Zealand.

The above image was made around 1994 during my time within the Kodak Information Centre working within the Photo Information Department and Pro Passport team. During that time Kodak introduced the KODAK Photo CD format and workstation into the Australian marketplace. I remember that, just after installation of the workstation into the Coburg (Melbourne) headquarters, the lass who was responsible for processing the very first batch of orders from Professional labs, involving scanning original film images and authoring Kodak Photo CD’s, went on leave.

I saw an opportunity and offered myself as a temporary replacement to get the work out on time and at the appropriate standard. So, for the next two weeks, I worked my usual 9am to 5:30pm job then headed down the hallway to scan original film images and author Pro Photo CD disks until between midnight and 1am the following morning. I kept this up for 2 weeks until my colleague returned from leave and was able to take up her role. I undertook this work with no desire for extra remuneration or benefits. My motivation was based on loyalty, an opportunity to help and to learn, first hand, about new technology. I was glad of the opportunity to learn and help.

The above image shows me at the Kodak Photo CD workstation. One of many memories from my days working for ‘ol yellow. It was a great company. When I started in 1990 I believe there were over 3,000 employees Australia wide. I understand there are only about 200 these days. Yet billions of images are made every year. The trouble for traditional companies like Kodak is that the vast majority of those images are made with digital rather than film-based cameras. And of those billions of images made every year, only a relatively small percentage are printed, many through inkjet printers utilizing products made by companies other than Kodak. The times they really are a’ changing.

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