Color photography has been around since the mid 1800s, in one way or another. However, it wasn't until the Eastman Kodak Company released the Kodachrome film in 1935 that color photography became easier and photographs actually had true to life colors.
In 2009, after 74 years of production, Kodak discontinued the last of their Kodachrome films, the K64. Even though this came as a huge blow to many photography buffs, we had it coming. The sales of the Kodachrome lines had been steadily decreasing for the 20 years leading up to the discontinuation (which is why the other Kodachrome films had already been discontinued). Also, the Kodachrome line has a unique method of development that adds the dye after, making it different from all other color films in production. By the last few years of the Kodachrome, only one lab in the whole world had the resources and ability to develop the K64.
Some of the worlds most iconic and memorable photos and films were captured on Kodachrome. The Hindenburg's explosion, Kennedy's assassination, and the haunting green eyes of an Afghan refugee girl are all prime examples. The Kodachrome era may be over, but the fruit of this film will last forever.
All the photographs above were captured on Kodachrome, reminding me of Paul Simon's lyric, "Mama don't take my Kodachrome away".
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