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Those Nice Bright Colors, the Greens of Summer…

Jul 27th, 2009 | Categories: Linkage, Obsessions | by Michael Williams

My cousin emailed me today with a link to a story about one of my favorite things in this world, Kodachrome. Earlier in the year Kodak decided to phase out the colorful film in lieu of other varieties and to streamline their production. While I don’t ever want to see the film go away, it makes sense why Kodak would deep six the old workhorse. I’m surprised the company even makes film anymore. In fact, there is only one place in the world that can process Kodachrome at this point, that illustrates how niche the stuff is.

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Wait, what was the link you say? It was a collection of beautiful Kodachrome photos from Fortune Magazine’s archives, as shot by the book’s famous photographers. The round-up of “Fortune’s Kodachrome Legacy” is an excellent representation of the medium. I wish I owned some of these images as prints.

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Other ACL posts on the topic:

Shorpy // Flickr Find Kodachrome // Kodachrome Christmas

Comments: 5

5 Comments to “Those Nice Bright Colors, the Greens of Summer…”

  1. Jon Gaffney
    on Jul 27th, 2009
    @ 8:51 PM

    A print of that first photo would be amazing. I miss film…

  2. BF
    on Jul 27th, 2009
    @ 9:33 PM

    lots of people are still shooting film and doing some amazing stuff with it. it’s too bad about kodachrome, however. these are some great shots.

  3. Ryan
    on Jul 28th, 2009
    @ 8:08 AM

    Are there any digital filters that replicate the effect?

  4. john
    on Jul 29th, 2009
    @ 3:26 PM

    film still has an inexplicable quailty that is completely unattainble with the digital medium. nothing like looking at the old travel slides of my grandparent’s and parent’s trips around the world or on a weekend excursion to the lake in vivid kodachrome. we shall miss thee.

  5. Tarek
    on Jul 29th, 2009
    @ 10:37 PM

    A photographer friend has put together a project to commemorate Kodachrome and even helped push Kodak to “retire” rather than “discontinue” the film. Check out: http://www.kodachromeproject.com/