December 27, 2010

Mama don't take my Kodachrome away...

Paul Simon sang..." mama don't take my Kodachrome away, it gives us those nice bright colors, makes you think all the worlds a sunny day "...but at the end of this month Kodachrome will officially be obsolete. Manufactured by Kodak from 1935 to 2009 it was the first successfully mass-marketed color film favored by professional photographers for it's color accuracy. Due to the increase of digital camera use and the decline in demand for the film, Kodak announced they would no longer produce the film. Many Kodak and independent labs processed the film over the years however only one lab, Dwayne's Photo in Kansas remained after the news. Sadly, the lab has just about one week of the developing chemicals left. The final roll was tracked by National Geographic and one of my favorite photographers Steven McCurry, featured a number of times here on Accidental Brilliance for his breathtaking inspired work. And although they have taken our Kodachrome away we always have the many pictures shot over the films 74 year run to look back on.

Photographs by Steven McCurry

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