Sunday, January 02, 2011

Goodbye Old Friend

Kodak's venerable Kodachrome film, which was officially discontinued at the beginning of 2010, now has no place to be developed. So if you have any rolls laying around, you'll either have to develop them yourself (good luck with that!) or keep them around as a reminder of the "good ol' days."

Dwayne's Photo, a lab in Parsons, Kansas, was the last lab still processing Kodachrome. But the lab souped its last roll on Dec. 30th.

Kodak introduced Kodachrome film in 1935.

The company said when it discontinued the film that:

"Sales of Kodachrome, which became the world's first commercially successful color film in 1935, have declined dramatically in recent years as photographers turned to other films or digital capture. Today, Kodachrome represents just a fraction of one percent of Kodak's total sales of still-picture films."
Kodak also said that developing Kodachrome involved a highly complex process and a relatively few labs worldwide were equipped to handle the film. At one point there were 25 labs worldwide developing the film.

The company in 2009 gave the last roll of Kodachrome off the production line to Steve McCurry of National Geographic. He's posted the shots from that roll on his blog.