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Notable: End of a Year, End of An Era “Kodachrome 1935 – 2010

In Article, Black and White Photography on December 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm

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Steve Hebert for NY Times

The obituary for a technology of light, color and memory was written and presented today by the New York Times:

That celebrated 75-year run from mainstream to niche photography is scheduled to come to an end on Thursday when the last processing machine is shut down here to be sold for scrap.

The status of lone survivor is a point of pride for Dwayne Steinle, who remembers being warned more than once by a Kodak representative after he opened the business more than a half-century ago that the area was too sparsely populated for the studio to succeed. It has survived in part because Mr. Steinle and his son Grant focused on lower-volume specialties – like black-and-white and print-to-print developing, and, in the early ’90s, the processing of Kodachrome.

In the end, it was determined that a roll belonging to Dwayne Steinle, the owner, would be last. It took three tries to find a camera that worked. And over the course of the week he fired off shots of his house, his family and downtown Parsons. The last frame is already planned for Thursday, a picture of all the employees standing in front of Dwayne’s wearing shirts with the epitaph: "The best slide and movie film in history is now officially retired. Kodachrome: 1935-2010."

For more: NY Times

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