My Modern Met Membership Foundation

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My Modern Met believes that art is an integral part of every human being. We believe in making art accessible, whether this involves learning to paint, researching art history, or being introduced to the works of rising artists. Engagement with creativity is something that should be cultivated and protected. Having access to the arts is vital and through the My Modern Met Foundation, we are devoted to helping fund art educators via Donors Choose.

We believe that one of the best way to support worthy causes is to donate to Donors Choose, a donation-based website that “empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials for their students.” Their website allows you to search for classrooms that need support in an area near you. My Modern Met has its own Donors Choose Giving Page where we have highlighted classrooms throughout the United States.

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Kodak Brownie Box Camera Eastman Rochester

A Kodak Brownie No.2 Model F released in 1924. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Public domain)
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The start of the 20th century marked the advent of popular personal photography. Previously, commercial photography studios were the only ones producing prints, as the barrier to entry was high; the materials needed were large, expensive, and required experience. The glass plate negatives and large format cameras were better suited to studio use than photography on the fly. But this inaccessible nature was about to change due to the business savvy of George Eastman and his Eastman Kodak Company. With years of expertise in crafting cameras and film, the company released the legendary Kodak Brownie camera in 1900.

This simple machine distilled the camera to its basic elements, making

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