Black and white silver gelatin photograph taken inside a service corridor, Building 2, Emulsion Making, Kodak factory, Coburg, May 1959.

This image features a typical access corridor with the brick wall construction and solid plaster finish up to above door level. There are access doorways to instrument and electrical control panels, air conditioning ducts, kettle water jacket pipes, cable trays and recesses to room lighting.

Production rooms in the multi-storey sections of both Buildings 2 and 3 were formed within these steel reinforced concrete structures by internal brick walls. Since these sealed rooms were operated normally under ultra-clean and safelight conditions, their surfaces were finished accordingly with glazed ceramic floor tiles, high gloss wall tiles, stainless steel fittings and flush safelight, electrical and instrumentation fittings. In order to allow these darkroom operations to proceed with minimum disruption, provision was made for all of their equipment and controls to be serviced from corridors located between these rooms. This enabled trade and technical staff to attend to control equipment under white light and relatively unclean conditions without interrupting the darkroom operations.

Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as, film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

This photograph is part of the Kodak collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005 after the manufacturing plant at Coburg had closed down the year before.

Description of Content

A corridor between emulsion production rooms is shown with its brick wall construction and services pipes, ducts and cable trays running above door height and access doorways to control equipment.

Physical Description

Black and white silver gelatin photograph printed on light weight paper, portrait format.

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