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The inventor of the digital camera to speak in the UK

One of modern photography’s great names - largely unknown by the wider public - will be giving a public lecture on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society in September. The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with the National Media Museum, will present Steve Sasson: Disruptive Innovation: The Story of the First Digital Camera at London’s Science Museum on 10 September 2012.

Steve Sasson is credited with inventing the digital camera creating the first digital camera prototype in 1975 for the Eastman Kodak Company. In an illustrated and entertaining lecture Steve will be discussing how the concept was demonstrated within Kodak,  subsequent technical innovations with megapixel imagers, image compression products in the mid-1980s, and the early commercialization of professional and consumer digital still cameras in the early 1990s. The internal reaction to these developments will be highlighted.

It is the first time that Sasson has spoken in public in the United Kingdom.

The event is co-hosted by The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group and the lecture continues The Society’s Hurter & Driffield Memorial Lecture series which began in 1918.

It will take place on Monday, 10 September 2012, at 7pm at the Science Museum,  Fellows Room, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD. Cost £8. See: www.rps.org/sasson    Early booking is advised as places are limited.

Iamge: Steve Sasson with his prototype digital camera. Photo: Steve Kelly

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