Mannes' passion for photography led to his work creating Kodachrome,
the first practical color film.
Mannes and Leopold Godowsky, Jr. met as teenagers. Both were fascinated
by the popular Brownie cameras, and both longed for a way to take
color photographs, experimenting with the process.
went on to study music at Harvard and earned a Pulitzer and a
Guggenheim fellowship for composition. But even after he and Godowsky
became musicians, they continued their photographic collaboration.
Their search for financial support led them to Eastman Kodak,
where they were hired and assigned a team of researchers. While
working in darkness, Godowsky and Mannes measured film developing
times by whistling the last movement of Brahms' C-minor Symphony.
1936, Kodachrome film was introduced. The availability of a robust,
practical color film triggered a cultural, artistic and commercial
revolution as amateur and professional photographers embraced
the new technology which was used for both still and motion picture
remained in music after inventing Kodachrome, performing as a
pianist and composing several musical scores. He served as president
of the Mannes College of Music founded by his parents, and he
served as a judge in music competitions, including the first Van
Cliburn International Piano Competition. Born in New York City,
he studied music at Juilliard and Harvard.