Kodachrome Report on Arte TV - When the World was Still Analouge

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Kodachrome has lived a long and fruitful 75 years, but the end is inevitably at hand. Entitled “Kodachrome is dead – long live the legend” is a very interesting report and obituary that Arte TV has prepared for all of us analogue fans.

Arte presents another heartwarming eulogy to one of our favorite analogue films:

The legendary photo color film Kodachrome 64 finally died – of all things on its 75th Birthday. Since 1935 the sharpness and brilliant color quality of Kodachrome 64 has been unmatched by any other slide film. The musician Paul Simon even penned the song “Kodachrome” as a declaration of love – a tribute to the memories of his youth: “Mama, do not take my Kodachrome away!” Kodak sadly, has now made Paul Simon’s song reflect the bitter reality.

But what happens when photography is no longer storing material and information into something concrete, such as inscribed in the three layers of Kodachrome 64? What if they are made up similar to video or television of images of digitally generated dots? Metropolis explores the impact with the giant in the field of “theory of photography,” the publicist and curator Klaus Honnef.

Would we still see the same Afghan girl’s piercing, green-eyed stare, the Press Photo of the Year in 1985 by Steve McCurry, without the magic of Kodachrome? Steve certainly deserves the great honor to have the last roll Kodachrome 64 to expose and develop, as he is one of the greatest photographers of our time and still swears on the emulsion with the eye-popping color and the coarse grain. But making it work today? Can people see the difference between analog and digital photography? Lise Sarfati aims to give us their answer: The portraits of young women in search of their own identity to solidify the moment and boast a unique color – thanks to Kodachrome.

Read more about the last roll of Kodachrome

written by cruzron on 2010-11-01 #news #film #kodachrome #kodak #x-pro

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10 Comments

  1. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    The Iconic Kodachrome ! Farewell! :((

  2. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    Sent my last roll of for devolpment - If it is anything near as lush as my first roll (which is on my home) I'll be happy (but obviously sad).

    Please don't take my Kodachrome away :-(

  3. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    my package from the lab in kansas is at customs.
    can't wait to get it :)

  4. rav_bunneh
    rav_bunneh ·

    Maybe if we are lucky LSI will start making Lomochrome and sell it with mailers to get it developed. :3

  5. tattso
    tattso ·

    great article!

  6. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    My first and last Kodachrome is still in the camera... have to hurry up!

  7. cubilas
    cubilas ·

    Anyone has tips for sending them off for developing? I know there's one last place that can be done, but I've also heard you can still send them till the end of november to Kodak Europe (I think it's in Switzerland) and I guess they send it to the US. Maybe someone has done this already and can give me some info... Thanks!

    I've got a couple of rolls lying in the fridge so I better give them a worthy funeral.

  8. vgzalez
    vgzalez ·

    wow, I would had loved trying kodachrome... let's enjoy the results by everybody else!!

  9. squamy
    squamy ·

    Never got to experience kodachrome but the pictures I have seen are beautiful! Sad times.

  10. qbalazs
    qbalazs ·

    It's not as dead as one would think, sure, processing in K-14 is caput, but some pretty stunning B&W images can still be gotten out of it. It's still available and in pretty good condition all over online auction sites.

    For the interested, here are the times in D-76 for a roll of Kodachrome 64:

    Pre-soak for at least 3-4 minutes, note that the water coming out will be some shade of yellow (That's normal)

    Process in D-76 stock solution for 11 minutes, agitating for the first minutes and then with 30 second intervals.

    Pour in a stop solution (Optional), I used Ilfostop, let it mingle for a good 2-3 minutes.

    Pour in your fix (I used Kodak Fixer for B&W Film and Paper), let that sit for 10 minutes, agitating for the first minute and every minute afterwards.

    Rinse for 10-15 minutes, add some dishwashing solution or wetting agent for the last 1-2 minutes.

    There is a rem-jet layer on the film (i.e. it will look completely black after a wash), the rem-jet can be removed by a sodium carbonate (or other suitably basic compound) wash after developing and the end wash is done.

    In the event that you do decide to reuse the chemistry, follow the +30 rule on both the developer and fix. Keep in mind that rem-jet may flake off during the development process and contaminate the chemistry. I wouldn't (unless you're developing multiple rolls of Kodachrome 64) reuse the chemistry.

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