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The death of KODACHROME

Eastman Kodak today announced the end of KODACHROME production, citing declining demand. Kodak now derives about 70% of its revenues from commercial and consumer digital businesses, according to the press release.

KODACHROME film became the world’s first commercially successful color film in 1935 and is the oldest film in Kodak’s portfolio. KODACHROME is a complex film to manufacture and an even more complex firm to process. According to the press release, “There is only one remaining photofinishing lab in the world – Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas – that processes KODACHROME Film, precisely because of the difficulty of processing.

Kodak will donate the last rolls of KODACHROME Film to the George Eastman House and International Museum of Photography and Film, in Rochester, NY.

To celebrate the history of the film, Kodak has created “a gallery of iconic images, including the Afghan girl and other McCurry photos, as well as others from professional photographers Eric Meola and Peter Gutman….

The Wikipedia article on KODACHROME has been updated.

Paul Simon will just have to learn to live without it. :-)

-Bill at Cheshire Cat Photo™

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