Kodak announced it was discontinuing the iconic film in 2009, after the competition from digital cameras caused a large sales decline. Kodachrome is a difficult film to process, requiring expert handlers. Dwayne's Photo in Kansas is the sole remaining developer, and the last roll of film to be developed was shot by its owner Dwayne Steinle.
Kodachrome film has been renowned for its exceptional rendering of color, vivid images and archival longevity. For many many years, it was the preferred brand for print media.
Dwayne's Photo has been inundated with requests for developing this film, many from photographers who have been hoarding the coveted film for years. One customer picked up 1,580 rolls of film used. The nearly 50,000 slides cost $15,798 to develop.
Kodachrome has been responsible for some of the most recognized and coveted pictures in photography history. Though the new digital wave makes photography more accessible to the world, I can't help but feel that a true art is being lost as technology progresses. For the few left that still use film, I hope you will continue to keep that passion and art form alive.
A Sweet Farewell to Kodachrome