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Photograph - Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, Graphic Arts Darkroom At Kodak Technical Service Centre, Kodak Factory, Coburg, 1964 Image Reg. No: MM 98982

Summary:
Black and white silver gelatin photograph taken by Wolfgang Sievers features the Graphic Arts darkroom at the Kodak Technical Service Centre at the Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd factory complex in Coburg, 1964.

At left is a Littlejohn Camera and at right, processing facilities capable of handling films up to 24" x 20".

Wolfgang Sievers is widely recognised as one of Australia's most significant architectural and industrial photographers. He pioneered a modernist photographic style influenced by the Bauhaus, and his work celebrates industry and the worker. Sievers was commissioned to document the newly constructed Kodak Coburg plant. He subsequently took several hundred black & white and colour images that highlighted the modern architectural and industrial design features of the complex.

Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers, as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

This photograph is part of the Kodak collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005, when the Melbourne manufacturing plant at Coburg closed down.
Description:
Black and white, silver gelatin photograph printed on light weight paper, landscape format.
Description Of Content:
Image of a photographic dark room. At right is a bench workspace with sinks and equipment beneath the bench. To the left is a large piece of camera equipment. The room features fluorescent strip lighting as well as hanging spot lights. There is a clock positioned on the rear wall.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Acknowledgement:
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 199 mm (Height), 247 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: cameras, photography, photographic equipment, manufacturing plants, photographic studios, making history - kodak collection
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Kodak Heritage Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Construction of the Kodak Factory at Coburg, Wolfgang Georg Sievers, Photographer (1913-2007), Baker & Rouse
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Photographic Products
Tertiary Classification: factory interior views
Inscriptions: Back, stamp: 'WOLFGANG SIEVERS/Photographer/9 COLLINS ST., MELBOURNE C.1./TELEPHONE 63-4023'

Back, handwritten, pencil: '3562 AE'
Organisations Depicted: Sievers, Wolfgang
Format: Photograph: Black & White; See Dimensions
Place & Date Depicted: Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 1964

The latest possible date has been established for a group of internal and external, black and white and colour photographs of the Kodak factory complex in Coburg, from the invoice sent to Kodak by Sievers itemizing the commissioned photographs with a serial number 3562.The invoice is dated 28th August 1964 [see HT 20552]. A note in the invoice mentions the postponement of some external images until landscaping had been completed suggesting a later date, possibly 1965 [circa 1965, serial number 3613].
Organisation Depicted: Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 1964

The latest possible date has been established for a group of internal and external, black and white and colour photographs of the Kodak factory complex in Coburg, from the invoice sent to Kodak by Sievers itemizing the commissioned photographs with a serial number 3562.The invoice is dated 28th August 1964 [see HT 20552]. A note in the invoice mentions the postponement of some external images until landscaping had been completed suggesting a later date, possibly 1965 [circa 1965, serial number 3613].
Photographer: Wolfgang Sievers, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 1964
References: Beale, N, The History of Kodak in Australia, Coburg, no date.
http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/places/heritage/71669
?A Brief Process Based Site History, Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Coburg Plant? Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2007
Pamphlet, "Milestones in the History of Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd", Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd., 1985
Leggio, Angeletta "A History of Australia's Kodak Manufacturing Plant", Topics in Photographic Preservation, Volume Twelve, 2007
Ennis, Helen "Intersections: Photography, History and the National Library of Australia", National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2004
"Kodak Opens New Technical Service Centre", Industrial Photography & Commercial Camera, May/June, 1964, pp.10-11

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