Mama, Don't Take My Kodachrome Away!


Attention Lomographers and Kodachrome enthusiasts in the USA! Here’s your chance to get a slice of history!

A co-worker of mine was cleaning out his office and discovered a stash of Kodachrome film! He kindly offered me this treasure and I accepted with delight. I knew that Kodachrome was no longer being made but I did not know that there is only ONE place in the western hemisphere (Dwayne’s Photo, Kansas City USA) that still develops Kodachrome, and even more surprising was that this place will no longer develop Kodachrome as of DECEMEBER 30th 2010! Yes, this is the December 30th that is 2 weeks away.

And this is why I am writing. I will not be able to shoot all of these rolls of film in time and I need your help. I am willing to send out a roll or two to a few people that reply with their contact information and desire to be a part of this project. There are some conditions to this though:

1. I am looking for people in the U.S. because postage and time to send the film will be too much (I know, I know, I’m sorry about this)

2. You have to promise to shoot and send the film to get developed before the due date! Give your Lomographer’s word on this….

3. You need to post your photos to this site or send them to me so we can make a big posting of the last rolls of Kodachrome. Maybe the fine folks at Lomography will even make this a competition of sorts!

Happy shooting! Be creative, tell a story, have fun. Remember, Kodachrome has been discontinued and the developing will cease to exist within a few weeks…It’s the end of an era.

Keep in mind that this film has been in a lead lined bag sitting in an office for I don’t know how many years so I cannot vouch for the quality of photos you can get out of them, but this is an exciting project and your last chance to shoot and develop a roll of Kodachrome.

Information about developing Kodachrome at Dwayne’s Photo can be found here

From Dwayne’s Photo:
Kodachrome Film Status: The last day of processing for all types of Kodachrome film will be December 30th, 2010. The last day Kodak will accept prepaid Kodachrome film in Europe is November 30th, 2010. Film that is not in our lab by noon on December 30th will not be processed.

I will keep people updated when I know more about how we can post all of our images together .

Aka: the_fstops_here

written by the_fstops_here on 2010-12-16 #news #photography #kodachrome #help


  1. adrienne-is
    adrienne-is ·

    count me in... sending my address private message.

  2. chikumumu
    chikumumu ·

    awesome project!! ((: can't wait to see the results! too bad i'm too far away in Singapore~

  3. spoeker
    spoeker ·

    great!! I would love to join but I'm from germany, it would take to much time to send them....have fun with the last rolls!! Looking forward to the results :D

  4. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    if you really want to try it out, maybe fedex can help! it'll set you back a couple of bills but its kodachrome! :D

  5. graefin
    graefin ·

    :( would have loved to shoot a second Kodachrome though. Still waiting more my only Kodachrome film to return from the US.

  6. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    I thought the deadline is only for Kodachrome64? And you have the 200?

  7. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    according to this link it seems to be for all types of kodachrome :)

  8. cubilas
    cubilas ·

    Nice project you have here, too bad I don't live in the US. I've just sent my last rolls to the Kodak Center in Lausanne. Really curious about the results.

  9. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    well, good luck people! this is an outstanding occasion to entering the history of film photography! last Kodakchrome job. :)

  10. nerpman
    nerpman ·

    I would love to be in! I'm in New York, and have never shot a roll of Kodachrome...........with the deep blue skies and colorful sunsets we get this time of year I would jump at the chance. Address is being sent to you through a private message.

  11. dive-angel
    dive-angel ·

    I still have 3 Kodakchrome films at home. Maybe I should put them in my cameras and send them over the the US as soon as possible. Somehow I have no hope, that they would develop them :-(

  12. exit14
    exit14 ·

    I would love to join in! I will send an address and hope for the best! :o)

  13. johnccc
    johnccc ·

    I wish I was in the USA , I'd love some Kodakchrome in my life !

  14. pangaea83
    pangaea83 ·

    Great idea! I would love to be a part of it! I will send my address.

  15. huck
    huck ·

    That's both awesome and sweet of you. Wish I was in the US to join in, always wanted to try Kadochrome, sad I'll never get the chance now.

  16. squamy
    squamy ·

    Awesome idea :) Not in the USA but have fun those of you that are!

  17. xbalboax
    xbalboax ·

    hey im in! i live in ny and send my film to Dwayne’s all the time.

  18. elletra
    elletra ·

    I'm in! I live in Houston Tx. I'll message you my home address! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. mattiapiazzano
    mattiapiazzano ·

    I already sent two rolls at Wayne's!! Looking for my pics!!

  20. mylatehope
    mylatehope ·

    I would help you out, but I am already trying to finish my last 5 rolls of Kodachrome in time! Good luck, and I cant' wait to see the results!

  21. falsedigital
    falsedigital ·

    You're like the Kodachrome Santa!

  22. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    isn't germany part of the usa?!?

  23. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    Great project! If you don't get rid of it all, Kodachrome is only worth cross processing in black and white development as the colour is added in the unique Kodachrome process!

  24. dive-angel
    dive-angel ·

    @nicolas_noir: thanks a lot for this tip. Sadly my lab did use C41 for developing them recently... :-( No comment about the outcome of the films. They were really black :-)

  25. lenire
    lenire ·

    I am totally down for this, sending you me address in a private message

  26. blue-dog
    blue-dog ·

    If you have one more roll I would like to do this

  27. disdis
    disdis ·

    I think in some parts of USA it's still though that Spain in part of the Mexican borderline.... does this mean I'm in? ;P What a pity!

  28. usestangerines
    usestangerines ·

    I'd love to take part if you still have a roll to spare. I'll leave me address in a private message. Thank you!

  29. tallyho
    tallyho ·

    I'd love to shoot a roll if you have any more! Let me know:) Sending you my address via private message!

  30. raanve
    raanve ·

    Don't know if they're all taken up, but I would love to get in on this if possible. Sending you a PM

  31. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    when you guys get back your rolls from dwayne's, let's make a rumble out of this! :D

  32. scbaldwin
    scbaldwin ·

    I'd love to take part! One question though, why wouldn't a LomoLab be able to develop this film?

  33. sammy_a
    sammy_a ·

    if only i lived in the U.S :(

  34. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    wow! too bad i'm thousands miles away.

  35. meadjl
    meadjl ·

    sent message, but don't know if it went through :(

  36. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    when it was the last Olympic games in America? becouse on the box there's the Olympic symbol so you may gues how hold are these films

  37. tallyho
    tallyho ·

    Atlanta, 1996; Los Angeles, 1984. Somehow I feel like '84 is more likely. Winter games: Salt Lake City, 2002; Lake Placid, 1980.

  38. mightymouse
    mightymouse ·

    Im in. Already sent my address

  39. tallyho
    tallyho ·

    Actually the Kodachrome wiki page says 200 professional was available 1986-2004.

  40. rival707
    rival707 ·

    I want in.

  41. sergio_m
    sergio_m ·

    Thats great find! not bad to be the last of people who have christmas pictures on kodachrome! i still have roll of kodachrome 25 from 70's but i plan to keep it unopened

  42. idigtulsa
    idigtulsa ·

    I just messaged you my address! I can't wait to get this party started!

  43. sarahfrank
    sarahfrank ·

    saw this on fb, couldn't resist. in! hopefully there is still more left. sent you a private message w/ address

  44. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    Sending you a message now.

  45. bio_lenta
    bio_lenta ·

    I'm pretty sure there are no more rolls left, but I'll give it a try :P

    About a month ago I found some old rolls of film in the dark room at school, some of them were Kodachrome so I followed my kleptomaniac self; some of those rolls expired on the '80s. After researching about the developing process, I found out that Kodachrome's process is really complex, so I started to worry about how to get them done; I thought about cross-processing in black and white, but I was worried about the times, didn't want to ruin them by myself. Few days after that, I found out about Dwayne's and sent them about two weeks ago :) (two Kodachrome, one ektachrome). I can't wait to see the results! I hope I can get to see at least a picture from each roll (I'm not sure about the quality of the film, but there are great odd there were not stored properly).

    Happy shooting for those of you who get to get a roll :D

  46. adrienne-is
    adrienne-is ·

    Will you notify us if you send us a roll or will you keep us waiting like santa?

  47. katzpe
    katzpe ·

    This is such a great idea

  48. sonya1980
    sonya1980 ·

    OHHHHH I´d love it, but I am in Spain....:_(

  49. macstef
    macstef ·

    to bad... germany is to far away... happy shooting

  50. rav_bunneh
    rav_bunneh ·

    Kodachrome going away is just too depressing. :'(

  51. noe_arteaga
    noe_arteaga ·

    Wondering what camera you're all going to use. . . hmmmmm.

  52. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Oh I'm so in! I've run out of film also, is Hawaii close enough??

  53. somapic
    somapic ·

    My last one is in my cam... will express ship monday from europe... fingers crossed that roll makes it!

  54. somapic
    somapic ·

    AGFA Solinette 35mm 50ies camera from grandpa´s basement

  55. wonderdude
    wonderdude ·

    If you're in Europe and *really* want some Kodachrome, buy it on eBay. I saw there's some 64 slide film available in New Jersey, and they ship worldwide. It can be processed in Switzerland.…

  56. wonderdude
    wonderdude ·

    And there's lots of others selling off their last Kodachrome film on eBay, too.

  57. the_fstops_here
    the_fstops_here ·

    Hi Everybody! Thanks for all the great posts and messages. I wish I could have sent everyone a roll, unfortunately I only had 10 rolls! The following people should get their Kodachrome in the mail within the next couple of days (fingers crossed):
    Adrienne Abiodun
    Liz Brown
    Ryan Nerp
    David Tarleton
    Brendan Behanna
    Mike Kramer
    N. Apostolou
    Elletra Parnell
    Megan Morgan
    Trish Little

    This is a little last minute, but remember to shoot it fast and express it to Dwaynes! If other people have Kodachrome film to shoot please post your images to this site as well. All are welcome!
    Happy Shooting!

  58. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    What a nice project! I'm curious to see the results.

  59. wyodan
    wyodan ·

    Oh god, a stash of Kodachrome 200! Easily one of the most soulful and beautiful color films ever made. I get so sad thinking about its demise.
    I'm shooting off 6 rolls of Kodachrome 64 I bought over 10-years ago. They were cold stored and I had forgotten all about them until a couple of months ago. My test roll looked brilliant so I'm documenting this Xmas season with the film. Get them to Dwayne's by Dec. 30th, NO LATER! Then it will be the end of Kodachrome forever. Sigh. :-(

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