The last roll of Kodachrome film is being processed today at a lab in Parsons, Kansas. Kodak stopped producing the chemicals and the film itself on 22 June 2009. The Kansas lab – the last one in the world still developing the film – has been working around the clock to process the last rolls before the developing machine is sold for scrap.
The excellent article in the New York Times about this milestone contains this quote: “It’s more than a film, it’s a pop culture icon,” said Todd Gustavson, a curator from the George Eastman House, a photography museum in Rochester in the former residence of the Kodak founder. “If you were in the postwar baby boom, it was the color film, no doubt about it.”
If you’ve got 20th-century family photographs, then you have Kodachrome in your collection. Professional photographers favored Kodachrome […]