Inventing the Digital Camera: A Short Portrait of Steven Sasson

Working for Eastman Kodak back in 1975, Steven Sasson, an electrical engineer by training, was tasked with building a camera that used solid state electronics and solid state imagers to capture optical information. Or, put very simply, he was asked to build the first digital camera. And he did just that.

In the latest of a series of short documentaries on contemporary inventors, photographer David Friedman sat down with Sasson at Kodak’s headquarters in Rochester, NY and revisited the technical and cultural challenges faced by the inventor. So far, Friedman has produced 32 portraits of inventors, and, for the most part, you’ll recognize the inventors’ creations sooner than their names. You can access the full collection of portraits here.

via Fast Co Design and BrainPickings

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