Goodbye Kodachrome: Last Processing Facility Discontinues Support

After Kodak announced the end of Kodachrome’s production in June of 2009, the number of photo labs that developed the film began to dwindle until finally only Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas remained as the lone certified Kodachrome processing facility in the world. Today, they will be processing their last roll of Kodachrome, bringing the film’s storied career in the photo industry to an end. CBS News Sunday Morning did a neat feature looking back on the popular film.

  • Photosophy

    “Progress is defined as an advancement or improvement…in some ways, it’s hard to see how a world without Kodachrome is either.”

    Sheesh, who wrote that copy? Had to be someone who’s never picked up a digital or film camera in their life.

    Prior to digital, I had boxes and boxes of Kodachromes and Ektachromes…some shots I wouldn’t see for a decade at a time.

    With digital, not only are the shots I take instantly available, sharper, more dynamic and editable until they’re a perfect capture of what I saw, I am constantly plowing through my whole collection (including all my now scanned transparencies). I get to experience them regularly on a big 22″ monitor, instead of just rare moments of squinting at them through a loupe on a on light table.

    Digital keeps the photographic archive of your memories near to your life, rather than all but lost in a closet.

    I have no nostalgia for the medium of film….except maybe a lingering gear lust for the mechanical works of art pro film cameras were. :D

  • Shooting Stars Photography

    I completely agree with “Photosophy” with a lingering….but…

    I miss my Canon F1 with a giant motordrive that sounded like a VW.
    I still like the feel of the loupe in my hand and the dexterity that it took to hold a slide against it & find the light to view it.
    I enjoyed the feeling of picking up the run at A&I and laying it all out on those great light tables, pretending not to notice as others as they tried to peer over at my table to see my latest shoot.
    There was a mystery to what a “photographer” did. How we were able to measure time by the length of a 36 exposure roll of film. To see the light in “that” certain way
    The choreography of changing rolls in the middle of an important pose.
    As a lab technician I do miss the smell of the chemistry & the long hours in the darkroom. Again, the dexterity it took to load the reels & pour the solution into the tanks in complete darkness.
    The magic of watching the print appear in the tray.

    I love what digital has offered & done but there is magic to the old school that cannot be replaced with a hard drive and 27″ monitor.

    Now don’t get me started on my ’55 Chevy with a 327, Hi-Hat manifold & Isky cam…

  • Guest

    “I love what digital has offered & done but there is magic to the old school that cannot be replaced with a hard drive and 27″ monitor.”

    I couldn’t agree more! I’m still an avid film shooter, and prefer it over digital. It just seems so much more real to me… the limits on exposures, how it slows me down, the fact that I don’t end up on a computer tweaking them…

  • AlessandroMachi

    Until those little digital cards stop working, ahem. There really is no digital vs film argument to make. A REAL digital artist is capable of using both film and digital video, and does.

    Super-8mm film cartridges are STILL sold in Ektachrome 100D, TRI-X BW, 2 actual motion picture negative film stocks, along with fuji velvia. Digital technology has actually emboldened the look of film when it is transferred digitally to video.

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  • Nicolas

    Calotype – gone. Daguerreotype – gone. Kodachrome – gone. Bayer pattern – next to go.

    Frying pans have evolved, nonetheless scrambling eggs is still a mystery.

    This is my last Kodachrome/Dwayne’s slide.