It Took Some Time but Kodachrome is Gone

As I wrote in 2009, Kodak stopped making Kodachrome. It took until 2011, however, until the last roll was used. Vanity Fair has a slideshow with the last roll of the film made (happens to be in India which I guess I dig given my alleged roots but more importantly, the pics are good). The NPR coverage is good too.

Kodachrome has so many meanings. From songs to cult status for photographers to a connection to culture in stasis to transition, Kodachrome is there. One can even think of the way that Kodak missed the digital picture boat. What could supersede film? I also think of laments on being able to recapture the colors as they appear in this format. I remember reading or being told that certain blues in stained glass were beyond reproduction or required some destruction if they were to be understood. That made the art and engineering somewhat magical to me. Yet as I understand it, spectroscopic analysis and other techniques have allowed people to understand what went into some of these lost arts. Whether we can reproduce those colors and to what end, I leave to the creative folks. For me, I like the idea that perhaps we (or the next generation (cue the TNG music, please)) will live in age where a small company or even an individual will be able to look up Kodachrome, somehow mix a film compound, and then use old tools such as an SLR and film to create something rare and anew.

Ah, side note. Where have I been and where I am? Hint: On leave from my law school.

Well as I wrote before, I was fortunate to be at Princeton’s CITP. After that I was fortunate to take on the role of Academic Relations at Google. As I note in our About page, none of the ideas, opinions, other ways you think what I do on this blog matter, or really anything I do here, connect to or are endorsed by Google, and they should not be attributed to Google. When not at Google, I am an associate professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (on leave).

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