Posted by: bpcweb | June 22, 2009

Kodachrome, Dead at 74

Rest in Peace, Kodachrome.

Eastman Kodak announced today it will discontinue its oldest film type, Kodachrome, due to “declining customer demand.” Kodachrome became the first commercially successful color film in 1935, but in 2009 represents less than one percent of Kodak’s total sales of still-picture films.

The retirement will not be without ceremony — Kodak has arranged for photojournalist Steve McCurry to shoot one of the last rolls of Kodachrome produced and donate the resulting chromes to the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester NY. In addition, a few of the final rolls to come off the production line will be donated — unexposed — to the Museum, as well.

If you’re one of the few out there still shooting chromes, you may want to stock up on Kodachrome this summer while you can; Kodak expects that current supplies will last into “early fall.”

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  1. Ironically enough, the weekend my mom gave me the issue of National Geographic with Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl” image on the cover. Listen to the NPR story and interview with Steve McCurry here:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2009/06/kodachrome_rip.html


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