By Animesh Ray
Mike's post yesterday about the Last Roll of Kodachrome brought back memories of my first color photo, taken on the last frame of a roll of Kodachrome 64* in December of 1965. We had returned from visiting Delhi, where my father tried out his first (and only) 35mm camera, a Canonet, for the first time. He had one frame left of the single roll of Kodachrome 64 film he had purchased, and he gave that last frame to me, because he was pleased with my black-and-white photos taken in Delhi with the Agfa Click III point-and-shoot he had given me for my eleventh birthday.
Just one shot left on that color roll! A 36-exposure Kodachrome 64 film with the prepaid processing charge would have cost about half of my father's monthly salary back in India in 1965, including the air-mail postage to Singapore, where it would be processed, taking more than three months for the turnaround time. I had to be very careful!
I rediscovered that slide after my father's death, among his possessions. Sadly, it had been hit by fungus.
I was to wait another seven years for my next chance to shoot any Kodachrome.
*Carl thinks it would have been called "Kodachrome X" at that time, and that "Kodachrome 64" as a name didn't come along until the '70s. —Ed.
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