We get it, Associated Press, Paul Simon wrote a popular song with the word "Kodachrome" in it. But that's only a tiny—if annoyingly catchy—part of the film's tremendous legacy, which stretches back to 1935.
On a technical level, Kodachrome—the first truly popular colour film—is a dinosaur, requiring colour to be added during development in a process which a particularly charitable technician might call "exacting." Nonetheless, for decades many photographers swore by the format for its colour accuracy, versatility, and pedigree. Today, just one lab still processes the film, which makes up less than one percent of Kodak's total still film sales, which, let's face it, probably aren't very high right now.
What sounds like a boring, inevitable "death of film" story at first is transformed into something of a tragedy with context—a favourite of motion and still film professionals, Kodachrome film is behind some of the most iconic images of our, our parents', and our grandparents' times: National Geographic's famous "Afghan Girl" photo, above, was shot on the film, as was Zapruder's video of Kennedy's assassination. Kodak has assembled a gallery of the film's greatest hits. It's fairly spectacular, even to a child of the digital age. [AP]