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The Last Kodakchrome Processing Lab… GONE!

So while everyone is out taking images with their cellphones and using instagram to make their images look all vintage retro and stuff, I am out shooting film with its limit of 36 shots per film roll on a Canon Canonet QL17 3. Even though I own many digital bodies such as the Canon 5D Mark 3 I just wanted to shoot with the real deal before it is gone forever, and trust me the way things are moving it will be gone sooner than you think.

Kodak has already discontinue all of its slide film, including E100VS, E100G, and Elite Chrome Extra Color 100. This comes after several news points since Kodak discontinued its famed Kodachrome film three years ago and subsequently filed chapter 11 bankruptcy in January this year. My advice: get it while you can…

How soon can it disappear? Here’s something I ran into a while ago.

The final nail in the Kodachrome coffin came at the end of 2010 when the last lab that processed the film, Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas, ceased its support. In Kodachrome’s final years, every roll sent to Kodak for processing from around the world was sent to Dwayne’s. This mini-documentary created by Xander Robin offers an interesting glimpse into Kodakchrome processing at Dwayne’s Photo before it came to an end.

Kodachrome is a type of or color reversal film or slide film. It was first made by Eastman Kodak back in 1935 and was the first commercially successful color film famous for it crisp, sharp colors. In the ’80s and ’90s, the use of slide film declined and over the years, Kodachrome products slowly and gradually met their end, it progressively discontinued its product range through the ’90s and 2000s due to competition from other films and of course, the introduction of digital photography.

Because of this, many Kodak processing laboratories also closed down because of the decrease in business. This contributed more to Kodachrome’s demise. And towards its final years, Kodak subcontracted and fully endorsed the processing of 35 mm films to an independent processing lab in Kansas called Dwayne’s Photo, which was the world’s last photo lab that processed Kodachrome films before ending it in 2010.

It’s sad to see something beautiful go. We don’t want Kodachrome’s demise to happen to another one of our beloved film family members. All of us here are responsible in keeping film and it’s essence alive. Long live film! For the time being…

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