The Last Giant

Kodachrome was a film introduced to the market in 1935. Its was a slide film, known for its perfectly natural poetic tonality and rich colors. Unfortunately, because everyone got drooling over digital, Kodak stopped production of Kodachrome in 2009. And if you were trying to be over smart and look for some back-stock, well Kodachrome doesn’t use the E6 process like other slide films. There was only one store in the world which processed Kodachrome and that stopped doing so in 2010.

Kodachrome by Chalmers Butterfield, Via Wikipedia
Kodachrome by Chalmers Butterfield, Via Wikipedia

I had read about the last roll of Kodachrome in National Geographic but never had the chance to share it. Today I came upon a video documentary about the same on youtube (below). So do have a look, its brilliant!

Natgeo Youtube
Click on the photo to get to the documentary!

Steve McCurry in an interview told Vanity Fair :

“If you have good light and you’re at a fairly high shutter speed, it’s going to be a brilliant color photograph. It had a great color palette. It wasn’t too garish. Some films are like you’re on a drug or something. Velvia made everything so saturated and wildly over-the-top, too electric. Kodachrome had more poetry in it, a softness, an elegance. With digital photography, you gain many benefits [but] you have to put in post-production. [With Kodachrome,] you take it out of the box and the pictures are already brilliant.”

Makes me sad that something so beautiful is no more. Bbye Kodachrome!

4 thoughts on “The Last Giant

  1. Kodachrome is one of the most celebrated films. Wish I could get my hands on it. Maybe some obscure shop might still have it.

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