We’ve seen a lot of changes in traditional film since the rise of digital film, including the discontinuation of Polaroid instant film. Now, here comes another one: Kodak has announced that they are ending production on Kodachrome film.
If you’ve never heard of Kodachrome, you should know that it is a film that uses a fine grain and warm colors. There are several pictures taken with Kodachrome that are considered landmarks today. Some of you might remember a green-eyed Afghan refugee girl with a hypnotic gaze on the cover of a 1985 National Geographic. That was a Kodachrome pic, as was a very famous photo taken of the Kennedy assassination.
There is really only one reason why Kodak is discontinuing production of this historical film. Actually, it’s two reasons, but they both have the number one in them. Kodachrome film accounts for only 1 percent of still-photo sales, and there is only one photofinishing lab in the world that still processes Kodachrome.
Yeah, it makes a lot of business sense to cut this cord. However, I can’t help but think of the Kodachrome song by Paul Simon. Sorry, Paul, it appears that someone actually took your Kodachrome away, but at least it wasn’t your momma. I hope you still have that Nikon camera, because you’ll be taking your photograph of using different film.