American Experience : The Wizard of Photography (2000)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Inventions & Innovations, Social History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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This edition of The American Experience investigates the life and work of George Eastman, the man who brought cameras and photography into the lives of millions of Americans. Narrated by Judith Light, this video chronicles the fierce competition and often embarrassing failures Eastman had to overcome to get his invention into people's homes. Like so many of America's great entrepreneurs, Eastman was largely self-educated, making his technical achievements that much more remarkable. Like many others as well, when he attained great wealth, Eastman set to giving it away. This is the story of the man who invented something that is largely taken for granted. Those with an interest in everyday technology, or the history of American business, will find much of value here.

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camera, technology, history, inventor, photography, philanthropy