Good bye Kodachrome. The greatest film ever made made by Kodak is coming to an end after 74 years. I began using Kodachrome in 1968 when I traveled to Mexico with my Grandfather's Kodak Bantam camera that shot 828 sized rolls film. In the following 30 years I shot thousands of rolls of Kodachome gradually switching over to Fugi films as Kodachrome processing became harder to come by.
Kodachrome is fundamentally different from other color films that have dye couplers incorporated into the emulsion layers. Kodachrome is unique because it has no dye couplers in the emulsion; these are introduced during processing. When stored in darkness, images on Kodachrome slides over fifty years old retain accurate color and density. Kodachrome was made as a ASA (ISO) 25, 64, and a Type A 40. Many top photographers used Kodachrome including Jay Maisel, Pete Turner, and Ernst Haas.
"They give us those nice bright colors. They give us the greens of summers. Makes you think all the world's a sunny day," Paul Simon sang. "... So Mama don't take my Kodachrome away."
OIl refinery, Corpus Christi, TX. Kodachrome 40. By Keith Skelton