Photographic Achievements 1929
by C. E. KENNETH MEES, D.Sc.
Director, Research Laboratory,
Eastman Kodak Company
AMONG the scientific applications of photography, there should be noted a considerable advance in the photography of the infra-red spectrum. This has been made possible by the application of Neocyanine plates. Such plates have been used for photographing the infra-red end of the solar spectrum and were also employed at the Sumatra eclipse with good results.
F. F. Lucas of the Bell Telephone Laboratories has made great progress in the use of ultra-violet light in microscopy. This work was originally done in connection with metallography, but he has now applied his methods to biological photographs and has obtained most interesting and valuable results, especially in the photography of tumors.
Amateur cinematography continues to develop. A color process which was introduced in 1928 is finding a wider extension in this field.
In standard motion picture work, there has been a great development of sound photography, and the “talkies” are now universal.
A sensation of 1929 has been the introduction of wide film by means of which a large picture of much greater width is being shown. It is expected that this wide film will have a great future in the industry.
Color motion pictures have been introduced on a large scale during 1929, and a considerable portion of the pictures shown are now in color. Preparations are being made throughout the industry to extend the use of color, as well as of wide film and of sound.