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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fortune Magazine's Kodachrome Legacy

© Robert Doisneau, 1961, for Fortune Magazine.

Fortune Magazine, on the CNN Money site, posts 20 images from the pages of Fortune over the years in the honour (perhaps that is not the right word) of the demise of Kodachrome film last week. After over 70 years being in production, Kodak announced that they would no longer produce this staple film used by professionals and amateurs alike - who loved the warm colours and tones it produced. There are some interesting images that appeared in Fortune over the years sorted by the year they were published with small write ups. Worth a look.

Photographer Steve McCurry used it to shoot that iconic cover of the "Afghan girl" with the piercing eyes for the cover of National Geographic in 1981. And the LA Times said Kodak will donate the last rolls of Kodachrome to the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, N.Y., after McCurry shoots one of the rolls.

Paul Simon said it best, but Kodak eventually didn't listen.

Embedded video montage set to Paul Simon's 1973 hit Kodachrome from Youtube won't be visible on Facebook. Link to it is here.

** Original link to the Fortune piece via APe.


Mike Wood Photography

1 comment:

Mojo said...

Could it have something to do with there only being one lab left in the world that can still do the K14 process?

Just sayin'...

The E6 films will be next (if they're not dead already. I haven't shot chromes in 12 years so I haven't kept up). They're already almost impossible to find, and finding someone who can process them is even harder. I found this out after hitting on an idea that would have required slides... only to find that the film had become the Holy Grail.

*sigh* At least there's still Tri-X. No lab required.