Leopold Godowsky, Jr.
As a classical concert violinist Godowsky also performed as soloist
and as first violinist of the San Francisco and the Los Angeles Symphonies.
He also enrolled at UCLA to study physics and chemistry. In 1916 the
pair started experimenting with the complex, awkward methods of producing
color images by taking multiple black-and-white exposures through filters
of various colors. For 14 years they worked in their families' kitchens
and bathrooms, often in total darkness and measured the developing times
of film by whistling the last movement of Brahms' 1st Symphony at a
metronomic pace of two beats per second. Their passionate interest in
improving the ease and quality of color film production made Kodachrome®
color film a commercial success. Godowsky continued research into the
1950s, improving the process for Kodak in his own laboratory in Westport,