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Mini-Documentary About Kodachrome and The Last Lab That Processed It

The final nail in the Kodachrome coffin came at the end of 2010 when the last lab that processed the film, Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas, ceased its support. In Kodachrome’s final years, every roll sent to Kodak for processing from around the world was sent to Dwayne’s. This mini-documentary created by Xander Robin offers an interesting glimpse into Kodakchrome processing at Dwayne’s Photo before it came to an end.


 
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  • http://imaginariumcreativestudios.wordpress.com/ Ellen

    NOOOOOOOOOO :C Dwayne’s photo is the last place for most film processing. This is terribly sad to hear.  That is one of my favourite finishes/looks in traditional film photography.

  • M Wilson

    i really need to find away to home process kodachrome double 8mm film. if anyone knows of a way or any ideas please drop a comment.

  • Marjie

    First Kodachrome and now Hostess Twinkies. What in the world is happening?

  • Jeremypb

    this is a shame that kodachrome is gone but there is fuiji chrome asa 50 that shit is banging. go buy some

  • Alan Dove

    Don’t try to replicate the Kodachrome process at home. There are good reasons why only a handful of professional labs in the world ever did it: it’s extremely complex, and I believe some of the chemicals involved were pretty nasty. However, because Kodachrome is essentially a black-and-white emulsion, you can cross-process it in standard B&W developer. Of course that will give you B&W images, but from the cross-processed Kodachrome I’ve seen it’s still a neat look.

    For a good double-8/regular-8 color substitute, try Cinechrome 100D, which is just respooled 16mm Ektachrome 100D. I find the color saturation on it quite good. There’s also Fuji Velvia cine film, but that’s only available from Spectra, and only in Super-8 format.

    By the way, Dwayne’s still does an outstanding job processing E-6 movie films. They also have very competitive prices for basic frame-by-frame telecine.

  • Kylend_l

    What was the last image ever processed? Who shot it?

  • Pete031978

    Steve McCurry, the photographer of Nat Geo “Afghan Girl” fame. 

  • Anonymous

    Impressive blog post, lots of great information. I’m going to show my friend and ask them what they think.

  • Sdad

    There’s an error in one of the early captions.  Kodak did not stop film processing in 1988.  I worked until 1991 in one of their labs in the UK and it carried on well into this century.  Is this another case of people from a certain nation thinking that the whole world is part of their country?

  • hmgphotos

    The last roll ever shot (meaning the last roll Kodak produced) was by Steve McCurry, but I heard that the last roll ever processed had photos of the Dwayne’s Photo staff on them.  Steve McCurry’s roll was processed long before Dwayne’s stopped processing all Kodachrome. 

  • Keefer

    In Time Magazine, it said that Kodak quit the film processing business in 1988.
    http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1906503,00.html

  • Miiki

    Is this another case of people from a certain nation thinking that the whole world is part of their country?

  • zoomie

    I used to work in a processing lab when Kodak was king, although we didn’t do Kodachrome at that time. The images and techno-speak in the mini-doc bring back a lot of fond memories. Thanks for producing it.

  • Photog1965

    I’m from that “certain nation” and unfortunately that is an accurate statement, though mis-informed statements about the date is not the strongest example of it. Too many people repeat what they heard before checking the facts and way too many Americans (ops I actually said what nation), are too ethnocentric in their outlook of the world. I have been fortunate to have been able to travel some around the world, and find the cultural differences both enjoyable and enlightening, with people ultimately being the same where it counts, even us ethnocentric Americans =D.

  • Guest

    Most likely; photo’s taken at the lab and a few rolls of Calibration Target Images for high-res scan equipment used in Kodachrome transfers to digital. These must be made from ‘fresh’ original Kodachrome stock
    (now completely gone) in order to calibrate the scan equipment as color-management plots are critical with Kodachrome scans. There are only a handful of these calibration slides now remaining and I’ve just acquired one (slide) at over $200.

  • bikeamtn

    F.Y.I; the lab process for Kodachrome is frighteningly laborious as mentioned in the docu. The temperature tolerance being so narrow (within half a degree, constant) and that the chemicals are no longer available prohibits the thought of any DIY. If an image was developed outside of a lab, it most likely would be rendered very faint, extremely grainy and off-color.

    But hey; stranger things have happened.

    Cheers,

    (a former color-lab technician)

  • Tomek Wojcik

    Oh no. I have 4 Kodachrome40 super8 casettes from 1997. I want to develope it. What do I have to do? Please help me.

  • James Post

    I took so many Kodachrome pictures from 1976 to 1998. The film preserved the colors so well over the years. This is a sad side effect of progress.