Photography: Celebrating the Lost Beauty of Kodachrome Film

On June 22, 2009, Kodak announced  that it was stopping the production of its oldest color films: the magnificent color slide film Kodachrome. The hey days of Kodachrome were in the 1950s and 1960s, but it was still widely used in press and art photography alike in the 70s and 80s. In June 2009, the sales of the stock represented only 1 percent of Kodak overall business. Kodak started phasing out the 25 ASA and the 64 ASA stock a few years back, and the last one to go was the 200 ASA .

This was the end of an era, and a sad day for a lot of older photojournalists. Many favored the stock for its saturation and color brightness especially in red and blue tones. Kodachrome slides are incredibly durable and maintain their original colors for more than 50 years. A few years after the end of production, many photographers were still looking for the stock, but what ultimately killed this great medium was the unstoppable rise of digital photography. Film use in photography- Black and White and cheap color film is still available- was just another road kill of technological “progress”.

Editor’s Note: All photographs by Gilbert Mercier.

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4 Responses to Photography: Celebrating the Lost Beauty of Kodachrome Film

  1. Ron Andrews October 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

    The most recent generation of Kodachrome was introduced in 1974 (with K-200 following in 1985)
    Kodachrome 64 film in 120 format was introduced ca 1986.

    Kodachrome 64 film in 120 format was discontinued in 1996.
    Kodachrome 25 was discontinued in 2002.
    Kodachrome 40 in the Super 8 movie format was discontinued in June 2005
    Kodachrome 200 was discontinued in November 2006.
    Kodachrome 64 and Kodachrome 64 Professional 135 format were discontinued in June 2009.
    Dwane’s photo continued processing until December 30, 2010.

  2. Gilbert Mercier
    Gilbert Mercier October 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks for this Ron!

  3. Hayden de M. Yates October 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I like it Gilbert. Keep shootin’
    H.

  4. Gilbert Mercier
    Gilbert Mercier October 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Merci Hayden pour ce gentil commentaire! J’espere que tu vas bien.

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