Noooo Kodachrome Whyyyyyyy

December 30th, 2010at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Mama done took my Kodachrome away.

An unlikely pilgrimage is under way to Dwayne’s Photo, a small family business that has through luck and persistence become the last processor in the world of Kodachrome, the first successful color film and still the most beloved.

That celebrated 75-year run from mainstream to niche photography is scheduled to come to an end on Thursday when the last processing machine is shut down here to be sold for scrap.

It’s true that I haven’t shot anything on film for at least 15 years, but the end of the Kodachrome era still makes me sad.  I still have fond memories of film photography from my younger days, from roughly age 12 (when my sister gave me her old Pentax Spotmatic) up through college (when I took a disastrous photo class with a professor whose aesthetic was the exact opposite of mine).  And while digital is more convenient than film in so many ways (easier to process and retouch, ability to change ISO on the fly), it still can’t match it for quality and tonal range.

RIP, Kodachrome.

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