From Rayko’s website:
In 1935 KODACHROME was released as a 6mm home movie film, then for 35mm cameras in 1936, to huge success. In the summer of 2009, Kodak announced that Kodachrome was being “retired, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon,” with the final rolls hitting retailers shelves in early September of that year. December 2010 is the last month that Kodachrome will ever be processed, so in a juried exhibition, RayKo Photo Center celebrates the life of Kodachrome, considered by many the greatest color film ever made, the subject of popular song, and the only film to have a park named after it (Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah). It’s the end of an era…come pay tribute to this beautiful film and the powerful images made with it.
My image was shot on Kodachrome film at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, California last summer. The show opened last week and runs through January 21, 2011.
I huge thank you to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs for featuring one of my images on their blog today. I especially like that they wrote this entry because it pays tribute to Kodachrome film. The entry is below:
“We bow our heads in reverence to Kodachrome film’s 74 years as a photography icon. Only one remaining lab in the world still processes Kodachrome, and they will run their last prints this December. April Rocha, a devotee of Kodachrome and other endangered and nearly-extinct forms of photography, sent this shot to us and delivered the sad news. Maybe you remember photographer Steve McCurry, whose portrait of Sharbat Gula, or the “Afghan Girl” graced the cover of a 1984 National Geographic. Steve requested that Kodak allow him to shoot the last roll of 36 frames it would manufacture, and vowed to document the entire life of the roll. “It’s definitely the end of an era,” he said. “It has such a wonderful color palette … a poetic look, not particularly garish or cartoonish, but wonderful, true colors.”
If you have any Kodachrome shots you'd like to share with us, send them our way and we we'll post them on the blog. If you haven't processed them yet, better send them to Dwayne&'ss posthaste.Kodachrome, we're not worthy. Here's to a more patient, flawed, passionate and saturated age.Click here to view the blog entry on Ace Hotel's site.