The Story of How I Became a Digital Artist & a First-hand Witness to Photographic History at the Eastman Kodak Company
by Peter J. Sucy
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KODAK CAREER SUMMARY: During a nearly 28 year career with Kodak, Peter was involved with advanced technologies such as video imaging, video editing, digital photography, presentation devices & software, image compression, digital storage, computer graphics, desktop publishing, systems design, software design, thermal printing, interoperability, and 3D imaging. From 1985 to 1990, Peter shared a cubicle wall with Steve Sasson, inventor of the first digital camera in 1975. They would collaborate on numerous white papers for video and digital product advancement and push for the transition to digital (and computer-based photography). Peter invented a key patent for previewing images on digital cameras (& camera phones), and designed a number of Kodak's first digital software products. This period and this group was the genesis of digital photography at the Eastman Kodak Company. This new Kodak Division, called the Electronic Photography Division, was founded in 1986 shortly after Kodak lost the Polaroid Instant Film suit. Prior to that it was known as the Consumer Electronics Division and it would soon become the Digital Products Division. Peter held roles in QA, development, training and technical support, was known internally as the Mac Guru, and was a talented systems problem solver.
These tiles represent events selected by Peter that had an impact on his art and some that impacted the future of digital photography.