Thursday, December 30, 2010
Dwayne's Photo in Parsons was the last place in the world to develop the 74-year-old Kodachrome film.
Today was the last day the small eastern Kansas photo lab accepted anymore Kodachrome films. The color reversal slide film launched in 1935 by Kodak but was retired last year.
"I don't think people realize just how many Kodachromes they might've actually seen throughout their life without even realizing that that's what they were," said Daniel Bayer, Kodachrome fan from Colorado.
A few years ago, the small family business was subcontracted by Kodak to process the film after they shut down all of its processing labs around the world.
"So many of the iconic images of the 20th century got captured on Kodachrome film. Even today it's got a really loyal following in the photographic community," said Grant Steinle, Dwayne's Photo Vice President of Operations. "It's going to be a sad day for a lot of people that Kodachrome processing is no longer available."
Dwayne's Photo will continue in business processing other types of films.