Kodachrome & the Digital Age
On December 30, 2010, development on Kodachrome film, process K-14, ceased. I found out this would happen the September beforehand, visiting the website of Dwayne’s Photo, who had been the very last processor of the film. I had found a roll of Super-8 K40 in a thrift store and shot it on my way out to Portland, where I now reside. I originally thought to scour the many local thrift and vintage stores for unshot rolls in old cameras in order to shoot them for a project, as that was how I got into the film (and film in general). This didn’t pan out and ebay sellers had also become aware that the film was a hot item and priced accordingly. It seemed more cost effective to buy rolls of slide film, especially since it was easier to find bulk orders that had only recently expired. Soon I decided to see what interest my friends might have in helping me shoot some of the last rolls of the film. I was primarily interested in two things: how would the images compare with those made with Kodachrome decades previous, and what would they document knowing this would likely be the last (and for many, first) chance to shoot with it.