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Hi all,

I don't suppose anyone has any further information on Kodak's lecture service / Dennis Kemp

We're talking 60's and early 70's in London, and from what I understand, the lecture service was essentially an indirect marketing arm for the company, with a small group of specialists travelling across the UK with colour slides to showcase Kodak's products to schools via slideshows and talks. The schools would request talks on particular themes, and Dennis would then drive (often with his close friend, the Ghanaian photographer James Barnor) to that school to present them.

Dennis Kemp was based at the head office off Holborn, living between a small flat on Theobold's Road (Clerkenwell) and his family home in Southwick. He was an accomplished climber and would photograph his activities, showcasing them in these lectures. I understand that prior to this he was a medical photographer, and also worked as an examiner for City & Guilds' Intermediate Photography course. I'm looking for more information on Dennis' career in particular and his relationship with Kodak.

Many thanks in advance

Laura

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Hello! There are a number of files relating to the Kodak Lecture Service in the Kodak Historical Collection at the British Library. These would be worth exploring once the library re-opens.  Let me know if I can assist further. 

Hi Michael - you're exactly right, thank you! I hadn't been searching in the right spot (main collection - not archive/manuscripts). Great news - and a great deal of holdings! L 

I did the original listing for the KHC to prepare it for public access and I didn't note Kemp's name but you may discover something. 

Laura Algar said:

Hi Michael - you're exactly right, thank you! I hadn't been searching in the right spot (main collection - not archive/manuscripts). Great news - and a great deal of holdings! L 

Hi 

The Kodak lecture service used to send lecture slides on many photographic subjects to camera clubs to project themselves.

Patrick Archer

My Grandfather, Dr.S.D.Jouhar FRPS FPSA (known in Photographic circles as “The Doctor”) was involved in the Kodak Lecture Service in the late 1950’s.  One of the lectures he produced was called “Making Exhibition Pictures”

Here is an example of the booklet that would be sent round, for that lecture. There were also slides to illustrate the talk. In this case there were 48 slides, mostly of Exhibition prints that he had displayed. (I still have many of the original prints) and for each image there was some narrative.  The picture above is No.8  “Skaters”

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