Dec 302010

When I started in photography, Kodachrome was the most popular color transparency film. It was not HDR, but it’s rich vibrant colors were breathtaking!  One interesting fact is that Kodachrome was created by two professional musicians, Leo Godosky Jr. and Leo Mannes. They were moonlighting in the labs of the Eastman Kodak Company back in the early thirties. The film they invented was also remarkably archival, unlike many other films that faded in just a few years.

I can still remember the pleasant scent of fresh Kodachrome film as I loaded it into my first 8mm movie camera.

I also loved the Paul Simon song “Kodachrome” as it tapped into those old memories. I just bought the album: “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon” again! Great album. Last time was 1973!

They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers

Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, Oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera

I love to take a photograph
So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

Paul Simon

For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas –

A Brief History of Kodak Kodachrome Film – TIME

Photos: Steve McCurry’s Last Roll Of Kodachrome : NPR