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Kodak set to retire Kodachrome film at the end of 2009 after 74 yearshttp://www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/06/23/2009-06-23_kodak_set_to_retire_kodachrome_film_at_the_end_of_2009.htmlNews Release:Kodak Retires KODACHROME Filmhttp://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=2709&gpcid=0900688a80b4e692&ignoreLocale=true&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=16171Kodachrome: First Great Color Film Remembered in Photoshttp://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/photogalleries/kodachrome-color-film-discontinued/A Brief History of Kodak Kodachrome Filmhttp://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1906503,00.htmlThe Kodachrome Projecthttp://www.kodachromeproject.com/Kodachrome Slide Dating Guidehttp://historicphotoarchive.com/f2/kodachrome.htmlGeorge Eastman Househttp://www.eastmanhouse.org/Over its 74-year product life, photographers have used Kodachrome to shoot images of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, family picnics, and a number of other subjects. This week, the Kodak company announced that it will effectively discontinue production of this type of film at the end of 2009. Like many other styles of film, Kodachrome has experienced major competition from digital cameras. Kodachrome reached the height of its fame in the 1950s and 1960s when it was the gold standard for many photographers around the globe. Currently, only one commercial lab in the world processes the film, and the Kodak company noted in a press release that revenues from Kodachrome represent less than one percent of all total sales. The company is preparing a fitting tribute by having noted photojournalist Steve McCurry shoot one of the last rolls of Kodachrome film. After the film is developed, the images will appear in the George Eastman House museum in Rochester, New York. The first link will take users to a news article from this Tuesday's New York Daily News, which reports on the announcement from Kodak. Moving on, the second link leads to the official press release regarding the discontinuation of Kodachrome by Kodak. The third link will take visitors to a lovely remembrance of the power of Kodachrome from National Geographic. The fourth link whisks users away to a rather thorough and fun history of Kodachrome from Time magazine. The fifth link leads to the Kodachrome Project, a celebration of Kodachrome in photographs and online forums. True shutterbugs will appreciate the sixth link, which leads to a website which will help them date Kodachrome slides. If you're looking for a summer trip idea, you might want to check out the last link. Here, visitors will find information about visiting the George Eastman House, complete with tour times and online exhibits.
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