Kodak Fiends

“In the late 1880s and early 1890s, New Yorkers responded to amateur photographers with exceptionally intense and remarkable feelings. The amateurs were positively Mephistophelean: they belonged to a class of minor demons known as ‘camera fiends,’ or ‘Kodak fiends,’ and were said ‘to be in league with some evil spirit.’ Their activities were mysterious, seductive, and intoxicating.”

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