The last rolls of Kodachrome have been processed …

by James

Momma don't take ... my Kodachrome away ...

“KodaChrome, it gives us those nice, bright colors,
It gives us the greens of summer
Makes us think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah …”

Yep, singer Paul Simon said it best. And anyone serious into photography remembers the stunning images they got when shooting Kodachrome film. Yes, that’s right, I said film. The old school analog medium which was as cool a gadget as there was from beginning to the end. But according to Gizmodo, the end has come as the last rolls of Kodachrome have been developed at Dwayne’s Photo, the last surviving lab in Missouri.

End of an era ... The last rolls of Kodachrome have been processed.

Kodak stopped making Kodachrome last year and so it was only a matter of time before the last rolls would trickle in for developing. In many ways, Kodachrome was the first experiment in high dynamic range photography. It offered amazingly bold colors and fine grain. The gamut of color was simply stunning. And it was always used for when the photographer meant business.

Then along came digital and the end was nigh. Even Kodak “read the writing on the wall” and stopped manufacture last year. And now, the final images have been captured, processed and printed. And it’s time to turn off the lights on one of the coolest gadgets ever to come to photography.

“Momma don’t take my Kodachrome away …”

Hat Tip – Gizmodo

ps – for a trip down memory lane, check out the Kodachrome group on Flickr.

4 reviews or comments

Hukiworld Says: January 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Oh stop the whining… Yes, it was good, for it’s era but it’s a digital world now so get over it. It’s like comparing the original Star Trek series to the new high 3D animation digital CGI- need I say more. Time to move forward, not backwards.

Grayman Says: January 4, 2011 at 9:23 am

Dwayne’s Photo is in Parsons, Kansas not Missouri. And as for the “era” argument, it doesn’t hold up in this particular case. Even with super megapixels, image manipulation, etc, digital media still does not come close to the richness in color, warmth, saturation, etc that was the hallmark of Kodakchrome film. There was a reason that photographers bought up all the remaining stock of the film they could and were scrambling to get their film to Dwayne’s to have it developed. Newer doesn’t always mean better.

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