I know we've covered this to death already, but just a brief moment of silence, please—today, December 30th, is the last day that Kodachrome film will be processed anywhere in the world, ending a remarkable run that began in 1935.
Props to "God and Man," Leopold Godowsky, Jr., and Leopold Mannes, the inventors of Kodachrome. Props also to Eastman Kodak, which promised in the late '90s that Kodachrome would be available and supported for at least ten more years. Promise fulfilled. Final props: Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas, for keeping the flame.
To commemorate the occasion, Dwayne's (which I'm told is experiencing extremely heavy demand for the final processing runs—the line is running around the clock), is selling a T-shirt in the classic Kodachrome box colors.
The T-shirt costs $12.95 and is available at the Dwayne's Photo website.
Note that at least two of the books in our 2010 Bestsellers list in the previous post contain pictures that were mostly shot on Kodachrome: Harald Mante's Photography Unplugged and William Albert Allard: Five Decades. Both books have outstanding reproduction quality and amply show what all the fuss is about.
P.S. Apropos of nothing, note the byline on the Times article. That's A.G. as in the son of Pinch and the grandson of Punch, now cub reporter, some day, Publisher.
UPDATE: A nice video of a segment from CBS's "Sunday Morning" about the demise of Kodachrome. About what you'd expect, but nicely done, and it's nice to see Dwayne's, and Dwayne, and the last shot Steve McCurry took on the last roll ever made—of a cemetery in Parsons. Thanks to ShadZee for this. (Warning: more Paul Simon.)
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Featured Comment by Maureen: "Although I've heard Kodachrome II was better, for my money nothing was as beautiful as a Kodachrome 25 slide with the right subject, exposure, and composition. Not garish Fujichrome colors, not grainy like Kodachrome 64 and 200, just subtle, beautiful, infinitely detailed Kodachrome 25. R.I.P."