About

Inspired by Kodak’s monthly magazine of the same name that appeared from 1913 to 1932, Kodakery is an exploration of the world of vintage (and occasionally contemporary) photography, focusing on but not limited to Kodak. The tagline of the original Kodakery was (though there were slight variations on the theme over the years) “A Magazine for Amateur Photographers,” and indeed its articles were sometimes technical, but more often aimed at the casual picture maker, frequently focusing on how best to capture scenes of daily life. There was an emphasis on the family, and women and children in particular, in both the magazine and Kodak’s advertising – George Eastman realizing early on the women were , as Gretchen Garner points out, “the most likely recorders of family events and of their children’s lives.”

The interests of this site will be in some sense similarly broad, dealing at times with the actual cameras or other more technical subjects, but more often with photography and visual culture in general, from the place of photography in society, to vintage snapshots and the art of the photo album, to advertising, particular photographers, essays, great photos, reprints of articles from Kodakery, etc. – basically, anything that I find interesting related to the general practice of photography (or, as George Eastman would have it, Kodakery).

Bio:

Mike Chylinski, a musician, photographer and writer, lives with his wife and four cats in northeast Los Angeles. His photos have appeared in Shots Magazine and L.A. Architect as well as in music magazines and on album covers, and in the Lomo book Don’t Think*Just Shoot. A former member of the London-based indie band Drugstore, he now makes music for film and video, and will be releasing a solo album of instrumental music shortly.

Please visit some of my other blogs:

vintage snapshots

longfade (album-cover art, music and related musings)

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Good morning. I just found your page on the net and thought this might be a good opportunity to get some help. I have collected KODAKERY MAGAZINES for many years and am now only one issue away from completing my collecting. I was wondering if you or any of your readers have a copy of the September 1913 issue of Kodakery they would like to part with. I also have about 150 duplicates if anyone has any interest. DAN SMITH (dlksmith@telus.net)

  2. Here’s information on the passing of my father-in-law, Ronald D. Wiley Sr., a 14-year editor of The Kodakery through the 1970s and early 1980s. If any readers of this blog have memories or photos of him or issues for which he was the editor, the family would enjoy them.

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