Dr. Amy Johnson Professor of Art History Otterbein University
This lecture is based on a display of historic cameras presented at Otterbein in the Fall of 2023. Professor Johnson was the curator of the presentation. It documented the rise of photography as a popular pastime and essential tool for recording memories. Eastman Kodak, the manufacturer of most of the cameras in the collection, led developments in making photography an accessible and affordable technology. This lecture and the exhibition shows how innovations in technology, business, and visual culture shaped modern American life from the late nineteenth century to the 1950s.