Monday, June 22, 2009

Kodachrome 1935-2009 - R.I.P.


Yet another icon of the film era has fallen victim to the digital age. Kodak announced today that it will discontinue the manufacture of Kodachrome film this year after 74 years of continuous production. The company expects film supplies to run out sometime in the early Fall.

Kodak said sales of the film have fallen dramatically during the years, today amounting to less than 1 percent of its overall film sales. The film's complicated manufacturing process, its complicated developing process, and Kodak's development of more modern emulsions -- not to mention the increasing popularity of digital capture -- led to Kodachrome's demise, Kodak said.

As a tribute to this legendary film, here's a clip of Paul Simon singing his song "Kodachrome."

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Copyright? I got your Copyright Right Here!


Author, photographer and blogger (isn't everyone a blogger these days?) Scott Bourne has an excellent post about Copyright on his blog Photofocus today. I think it's a must read for everyone who makes a living by publishing something.

In this Internet age, Bourne says, many people think it's OK to take a photograph from a web site without permission and use it for their own purposes -- usually commercial -- without paying the photographer for the right. Some people even go so far as to say copyright is no longer necessary in the Internet age.

Bourne has done the ranting for me on this one. I agree with everything he says in this post. Like Bourne, the subject is one of my pet peeves too. You do not have the right to take my work and use it for your own commercial purposes without my knowledge and without paying me for it. I don't need the "credit," "exposure," or the "clips." I need the cash. If you plan on making money on it, why shouldn't I?

Read the post. Now.

Monday, June 01, 2009

New Marilyn


I guess it's fitting that on what would have been her 83rd birthday, Life.com has published some newly uncovered and never-before-seen photos of Marilyn Monroe.

In their effort to digitize Life magazine's vast library of photos, Life.com came across some negatives from a photo shoot in 1950 that Marilyn did with photographer Ed Clark in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. The story that the photos were to accompany never was published in the magazine and the negatives were placed in a file.

So, feast your eyes on some new Marilyn photos, courtesy of those nice people over at Life.com.