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Gadget Geeks of the World Rejoice As New Website ‘Tekkiepix’ Celebrates 100 Years of Technology

Simon Skinner - 2 weeks ago

A brand-new website, www.tekkiepix.com formulated by the journo and broadcaster Barry Fox has been launched to bring together more than 100 years of technology industry photography in a single place. 

Edwin Land and his revolutionary Polaroid instant camera
Edwin Land and his revolutionary Polaroid instant camera.

The appropriately named www.tekkiepix.com highlights an abundance of important photographs traversing more than a century of technical milestones and product launches, along with the captivating stories that sit behind them.

2021 marks the fiftieth anniversary of home video and the introduction of the consumer video cassette recorder. This is just one of the many industry breakthroughs documented by this new and specialist website. Search ‘U-matic’ on the website to see when the first video recorder went on sale and to show who made it.

U-Matics were aimed at money-no-object home users (JVC)
U-Matics were aimed at money-no-object home users.

The site is completely free, non-profit and requires no subscriptions to discover the treasure trove of images and articles covering the history of home gadgetry before the days of Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify and Netflix. Tekkiepix also includes a complete timeline of consumer tech landmarks back to 1877!

Tekkipix Founder and curator, Barry Fox, told PhotoBite: “Tekkiepix has taken a great deal of time, investment and hard work to prepare and publish. The Covid lockdowns have provided the opportunity for me to sort, digitise and meticulously index many piles of press and publicity photos that I had been storing in my garage and attic.”

So far, many hundreds of rare photographs have been processed and posted, along with the interesting stories behind them. As a keen photographer, many of these pictures were captured by Barry personally at numerous product launch events, while others have been issued by tech brands over the years. Barry has meticulously archived the collection rather than disposing of the images. He added, “Tekkiepix is giving these publicity pictures the chance of a second life.”

Barry Fox with the late Akio Morita, founder of Sony
Barry Fox, founder of Tekkiepix with the late Akio Morita, founder of Sony.
Millions 'set the video' to record TV when they went out or watched another channel (Philips)
Millions ‘set the video’ to record TV when they went out or watched another channel [Philips].

An ongoing project, there is much more to be added, with boxes of negatives and transparencies yet to be scanned. Barry hopes that through donations from enthusiasts, or perhaps sponsorship by an interested organisation, he can expand Tekkiepix much further.

“I have added a Donate button to encourage contributions. Through this support, I’ll be able to build the site and turn it into an even more valuable and educational resource for younger generations to appreciate in the future.” Barry Fox, founder of Tekkiepix.

Before smartphones, small video cameras brought home video to the masses (Fujix)
Before smartphones, small video cameras brought home video to the masses [Fujix].

Many of the companies that originally distributed the pictures to the media for PR purposes have long since closed or been sold, and Barry believes this may be the only lasting record of these historically important photographs. Over the past six months, Barry has been generously assisted by former technology magazine editor Richard Dean in professionally re-vamping and expanding the original ‘DIY’ site design, with support from photographer and website designer John Kentish.

Head over to www.tekkiepix.com now, feast your brain on the vast collection of images and stories from the tech of yesteryear. Perhaps you have something to contribute?  

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Read Gadget Geeks of the World Rejoice As New Website ‘Tekkiepix’ Celebrates 100 Years of Technology

Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.