John Kinane

The Way I See The World The Way No One Else Can Because They're Not Me

Rochester, NY

The Sun is Setting on Kodak

The sun setting on Kodak

Kodak is Rochester.  It is difficult to think of one without the other.  My years at Kodak were brief when compared to the decades of service that others have given, and still are, but I do remember my time there fondly.  It wasn’t perfect, but it had attached to it a long history.  A history you could smell when roaming the halls of the tower.  This should be construed as a bad thing.  Age.  It often is.  Mistakes were made over the years but this shouldn’t be attributed to Kodak’s history.  There were many glory years that made Rochester a special place.

It is even more sad to see that there are now selling their patents for $525 million dollars, a quarter of their original expectation.  This will help them get out of bankruptcy…but then what? No one I’ve talked to seems to know.



  1. Supposedly the main reason for Kodak’s bankruptcy was their failure to “embrace change” via digital technology instead of film. If true, then It sounds like an aesthetic decision and Kodak should be commended for their reluctance to sacrifice warmth and depth for the cold efficiency of digital–consequences be damned.


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John Kinane is a resident of Hilton, New York, a suburb of Rochester, New York. A former middle school band director and music teacher, John changed direction into technology and web and multimedia programming. He holds a Bachelors degree from the Crane School of Music and a Masters degree from Nazareth College of Rochester. Interests include percussion, drum and bugle corps, progressive politics, astronomy, web programming and raising three great kids.