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My First Kodachrome and My Last Kodachrome | by John Berner
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My First Kodachrome and My Last Kodachrome

Back in August I made the decision to go ahead and pick up a couple rolls of Kodachrome for the deep and meeningful reason of "just because." When I was a kid (late 80s early 90s) I knew about Kodak Gold, and T-Max. There were other films of course and I knew they existed, but if someone were have to asked me what I thought of Kodachrome I wouldn't have had the slightest idea what they were talking about. When I started shooting again early last year I heard all the noise about no more Kodachrome and the end of an era, and thought it might be worth it to just shoot some for the hell of it. Once I got the film though, the anxiety rose, knowing that I HAD to shoot it, but that it would also be the only time I woul ever be able to shoot it again. It made for some of the more thought out shots I've taken, and some of the most frustrating mistakes I've experienced.


When I got it I wasn't expecting much, but when I got it back from Dwayne's and started looking through the shots, I could instantly tell that this film was something special. I have no right to claim a history with Kodachrome, expressing meloncholy over the loss of my favorite film, but these five rolls have definitely given me insight into the what the film world is losing, and its something significant.


Many of these shots wouldn't make my normal cut, but they are a representation of some of the most memorable and important things in my life over the last five months, and Kodachrome captured them, exactly how I remember them. Thank you Kodak for making this great film, even if it couldn't be forever, and thank you to my friends and family for allowing me to bug you relentlessly about getting pictures of you.

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Taken on January 28, 2011