February 21, 2014

Kodak was here - Abandoned Factory for Photochemicals

In the USA, Kodak made photography a popular past time entertainment by producing cameras in an industrial scale as soon as 1888.
In 1923, a number of buildings were constructed in a part of Berlin for a German film manufacturing company, the "Glanzfilm AG".
This company was bought by Kodak in 1927 and expanded to produce black-and-white photographic film as well as X-Ray-film and the required chemical reagents.
In 1945, it was confiscated as "enemy asset" and put under trust administration and from 1956 on it was operated as "people owned enterprise".
Large parts of the huge complex have been turned into luxury apartments. Only two lab buildings remain and are probably awaiting their demolition.

Here are the first couple of photos from the tour with my brother.
And yes, that teddy bear was a bit spooky.

Part 1 | Part 2


  1. Hi, I really like your work and that you not only show pictures but also tell the stories of the buildings you visited. But one thing I got some problems with: you translate all the original German terms; like Volkseigener Betrieb in this post. Often I had to think for some time to recognize what you're talking about.
    In order to make the history you're showing more accessible I would suggest to use original terms and give a translation in brackets. Like: Volkseigener Betrieb (people owned enterprise).
    Zedena vT

    1. Thank you for your feedback! I really appreciate that! In my head it sounds totally logical because I have the German and English words in my mind, but I forget that not everybody else has :) So thanks for reminding me, I will keep that in mind!


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