Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kodachrome


The brainchild of two Leopolds, Mannes and Godowsky, musicians working in Kodak labs, Kodachrome became the world's first color film in 1935. Essentially a positive monchrome emulsion in camera, the film gains its color dyes when processed, something only Kodak or its licensed labs can do. When viewed at certain angles, that ghost of black and white may be seen on the surface of a Kodachrome transparency. For 74 years the unique properties of man and God's creation have inspired both notable photographers like Ernst Haas and captured the popular imagination. Songwriter Paul Simon's 1973 plaint Don't take my Kodachrome away has come to pass. By the close of 2009, all will be memory.

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