“The times they are a-changin” is a song by Bob Dylan from the 1960’s and today is proof of this as the final production run of Kodachrome will take place. With the special make up of the film it requires a different process to create and even to develop with only one lab left in the country which will handle the processing until the end of 2010.
Since it joined the product line over 70 years ago many photographers have used the various iterations of Kodachrome due to the colors it created in both still and motion picture film. From the Afghan Girl photograph in National Geographic by photographer Steve McCurry to the Zapruder reel in 1963 the film has caught many special times. Kodak has created a special gallery to share some of these images.
So while Kodachrome will no longer be an option for those photographers who shoot film, the images of the past will remain as a reminder and of course so will the words of Paul Simon…
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