Kodak Creates World's Largest Photo Lab For Media at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games
Eastman Kodak Company has created the world's largest digital photo facility for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games -- with the expressed intent of serving hundreds of accredited photojournalists whose dramatic images must be edited and transmitted from the Olympic venues to news publications and web sites worldwide.
The Kodak Image Center, a 20,000-square foot facility located in the Main Press Center, will serve the needs of more than 800 professional photographers and news agencies with traditional and digital photographic products and services. Kodak imaging technologies ranging from photographic and motion-picture film to digital cameras have helped chronicle record-breaking Olympic moments for decades.
Kodak's involvement with the Games began with the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. In 1924, at the Paris Games, Kodak supplied film to professional photographers for the first time. In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Kodak introduced new technologies and innovations at the Games, including digital cameras, the Kodak Picture Maker, the Kodak Sticker Print Kiosk and many new professional and consumer films.
Kodak Image Center to Digitize 100% of all Photos
At the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Kodak will digitally manage 100% of an estimated 3 million images to be processed through the Image Center, enabling photographers and photo editors to share these memorable moments via high-speed Internet connections with editors, producers, and audiences worldwide.
Kodak will also provide photojournalists with on-site image-rich output, producing thermal and inkjet prints, postcards and poster-sized prints of Olympic images for display purposes at a variety of hospitality and work areas throughout Torino.
Showcasing Kodak's Graphic Communications business, several digital printing technologies will be employed in an on-site production center. A Kodak NEXPRESS 2100 plus digital color production press
will be installed to produce on-demand, full-color materials for such organizations as Getty Images. In addition, KODAK 1200i large-format inkjet printers
will produce large digital posters, as well as smaller commemorative posters with images from the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games' opening and closing ceremonies.
In addition, technical experts will be available in the Image Center to assist photojournalists in retrieving image files from digital memory cards.
The Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games will offer the widest array of digital and traditional film technologies and services ever assembled. Accredited photographers can receive a pre-Games digital camera tune-up, digital camera loan and repair service, image scanning, computer workstations with mass electronic storage space, thermal proofing, large-format ink-jet output, large volume production output, film processing, and image transfer to CD. After photographs are converted into digital images, the Image Center can transmit the images using high-speed phone lines to the world's newsrooms. Images will be transferred and stored on Kodak Picture CDs. The technology at the Image Center will save photographers an estimated two hours a day in editing time.