The Gadget We Miss: Kodachrome Color Slide Film

This color film defined the look of a generation and was used in many of the most iconic photos ever taken

Richard Baguley
Dec 19, 2013 · 6 min read

Kodachrome
You give us those nice bright colors
You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah!

Kodachrome by Paul Simon / Youtube Vevo
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Color photos of the Hindenburg disaster, shot on Kodachrome film / Airships.net
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Faro and Doris Caudill, homesteaders, Pie Town, New Mexico, 1940/ Lee Russell, Library of Congress
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Marilyn Monroe publicity shot for the film Dial M for Murder / Shorpy
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The frame used by Kodak to mount developed slides in the 1950s. Flickr user Nesster has a collection of the various Kodachrome mounts used by Kodak during the life of the film

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Kodachrome advert from 1985 / Flickr user Nesster
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The K14 Kodachrome development process, which was used in the 1970s and which involves 10 different steps and numerous chemical processes / Kodak Technical Manual (PDF link)


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A box of Kodachrome 64 from the 1980s / Flickr user Philip
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The last shot on the last roll of Kodachrome produced by Kodak / Steve McCurry
The Picture Style modes of the Canon 7D tested.
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Vanessa and Sunny 1976, by Flickr user Vanessa Pike-Russell, aka lilcrabbygal

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