The most popular quality color film is at last ceasing its colorful existence in media world. The final roll of the film is scheduled to be developed in Kansas City on Thursday.
The well appreciated Kodachrome film is facing extinction as its sales plummeted because of the competition from digital cameras. The makers of the film, Kodak said that it was stopping the production of the film in 2009, finally bowing out to stiff competition by digital media.
Kodachrome was first made in 1935. It was commercially successful color film. It was also useful to shoot movies. Reliable quality, true to life colors and the ability to last long made the film very popular with photographic fraternity. It was appreciated by both professionals and amateurs equally.
The processing of the film is difficult, requiring skilled personnel. Only Dwayne’s Photo is the only surviving family of Kodachrome developers. It is in Kansas. The last film is reportedly exposed by the owner of the firm Dwayne Steinle. The firm is flooded with developing orders from photographers who are stanch loyalists to the film. They have been keeping the sought after film years together.
A single customer bought some 1,580 rolls of the film to shoot railroad engines exclusively. The films made some 50,000 slides costing 15,798 dollars for processing. BBC photo editor Phil Coomes made a documentary on the final days of the famous film. Kodachrome users are welcome to share their photos on his blog of BBC. Another well known user of Kodachrome is Steve McCurry of National Geographic. His world famous cover photo of an Afghan girl is shot on Kodachrome.
The final roll of the film produced, belonged to McCurry by Kodak. He clicked some photos on an India tribe and shot images of actor Robert DeNiro, Kansas and New York in a documentary journey film sponsored by National Geographic. He took the film personally to Dwayne’s Photo previously this year.
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