23 June 2009

That Paul Simon Song About Kodachrome Isn't Going To Make Sense Anymore

2097.Because, after 74 years, Kodak is going to retire Kodachrome film:

Hellyar estimates the retail supply of Kodachrome will run out in autumn, though it could be sooner if devotees stockpile. In the U.S., Kodachrome film is available only through photo specialty dealers. In Europe, some retailers, including the Boots chain, carry it.

Photojournalist Steve McCurry's widely recognized portrait of an Afghan refugee girl, shot on Kodachrome, appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985. At Kodak's request, McCurry will shoot one of the last rolls of Kodachrome film and donate the images to the George Eastman House museum, which honors the company's founder, in Rochester.

Selling less than one percent of Kodak's film stock – and esesentially supplanted by digital technology – only one lab still processes Kodachrome, and that's Dwayne's Photo, in Parsons, KS. In case you were curious.

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