Thursday, December 30, 2010

a sad example of the changing times . . .

The final roll of Kodachrome film was developed in Kansas today. Kodak announced it was discontinuing the iconic film in 2009, after competition from digital cameras caused a large sales decline.  Kodachrome is not easy to process and requires expert handlers.  Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas is the sole remaining commercial developer.  The last film to be developed was shot by the owner, Dwayne Steinle.  Dwayne's Photo has been inundated with requests for developing, many from photographers who had been hoarding the coveted film for years.

Kodachrome film is renowned for its exceptional rendering of color, vivid images and archival longevity. For many years, it was the preferred brand for print media.Created in 1935, it was the first commercial film to successfully shoot in color. Kodachrome was also used for motion pictures. 

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