Voice of the Industry
Sorry, Paul Simon, no more KODACHROME
By Gail Nickel-Kailing
Published: June 22, 2009
Kodak is retiring KODACHROME Color Film, the "first commercially successful color film" according to the company announcement. Launched in 1935, it had a good run for 74 years. In its press release, Kodak notes:
Among the well-known professional photographers who used KODACHROME Film is Steve McCurry, whose picture of a young Afghan girl captured the hearts of millions of people around the world as she peered hauntingly from the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1985.
As part of a tribute to KODACHROME Film, Kodak will donate the last rolls of the film to George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, which houses the world’s largest collection of cameras and related artifacts. McCurry will shoot one of those last rolls and the images will be donated to Eastman House.
If you are still shooting KODACHROME, the final stock is expected to run out this fall. And there will be a few photo labs processing it through 2010.
Get out your old Paul Simon records (remember those?) and sing along; or you can listen to it here.