Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The End of An Era in Photography

The last roll of Kodachrome film has been processed in Parsons, Kansas, the final lab that handled the unique slide film. The Parsons Sun reports via the Wichita Eagle...

McCurry told Dwayne's vice president Grant Steinle how he had chosen to shoot the last roll of Kodachrome produced by Eastman Kodak by capturing images around New York.

"Then we went to India, where I photographed a tribe that is actually on the verge of extinction. It's actually disappearing, the same way as Kodachrome," he told Steinle.

Kodak announced last year that it would retire Kodachrome, a brand name of color reversal film it had manufactured since 1935. McCurry, well-known for his 1984 photograph of Sharbat Gula, or the "Afghan Girl," published on the cover of National Geographic magazine, requested from Kodak to shoot the last roll of 36 frames it manufactured.

I began shooting Kodachrome after I took a photography class at OU. Loved it! Paul Simon was right when he sang,

Kodachrome gives you the nice bright colors,
Gives us the greens of summer,
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!

But, now, they've "taken our Kodachrome away." 

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