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."

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