If you are the type to hunt the internet for photos from old magazines, vintage posters, famous fashion ads, or historical pictures from the 20th century, chances are the film used to shoot those photos was Kodachrome. A film stock described as the best rendition of reality, Kodachrome has been a staple for both amateurs and professionals alike. With almost all rolls of Kodachrome either gone or being kept in storage, we take a look back in time through the eyes of Lomographer @wiese with his Olympus OM-1 and this gone but not forgotten film stock.
Kodachrome was one of the first successful color reversal films that was widely available on the market. Compared to color negative films, color reversal film has a positive image on the slide, which meant you could see the actual photo on the film once it was developed. Color reversal film is known for its accurate colors, as well as its fine grain and sharpness. The drawbacks though would be that it is more expensive to buy and develop, and the ISO speeds are generally low meaning it's harder to use for lowlight situations unless with flash or very low shutter speeds.
From its creation in the 30s up until it ceased production in 2009, Kodachrome was beloved by many, including National Geographic which used this film stock for over 50 years. This film stock was widely used, especially for documentation, as the slide's colors wouldn't fade away if kept in proper storage. Although an unforgiving film in terms of exposure latitude, Kodachrome rewards the photographer with an almost perfect carbon copy and beautiful colors when properly exposed.
@wiese's photos are a treasure trove of photos from the 70s-80s. Back when life seemed slower, his photos are a mix of his travels around the world. From underground gigs in Germany to city scenes in Canada and the United States, each photo is able to make us feel as if we're traveling back into a different era. The way he captures his subjects is also captivating as he makes mundane commutes look lively and exciting through every photo.