Kodachrome: this is the end

Oggi - a Parson, in Kansas - viene rottamata l'ultima macchina per sviluppare il Kodachrome.

In the last weeks, dozens of visitors and thousands of overnight packages have raced here, transforming this small prairie-bound city not far from the Oklahoma border for a brief time into a center of nostalgia for the days when photographs appeared not in the sterile frame of a computer screen or in a pack of flimsy prints from the local drugstore but in the warm glow of a projector pulling an image from a carousel of vivid slides. In the span of minutes this week, two such visitors arrived. The first was a railroad worker who had driven from Arkansas to pick up 1,580 rolls of film that he had just paid $15,798 to develop. The second was an artist who had driven directly here after flying from London to Wichita, Kan., on her first trip to the United States to turn in three rolls of film and shoot five more before the processing deadline.

Io  - che ho passato la mia adolescenza spendendo i pochi soldi che avevo per scattare diapo al mondo  (solo Kodachrome 25 per il 35 mm. L'Ekta 64 lo usavo, in mancanza di meglio,   per  il 6X6) sono piuttosto triste.

New York Times

Botta di c*lo


Matt Dunham, il fotografo dell'Ap che ha scattato l'immagine di Carlo e Camilla terrorizzati dento la Rolls circondati dagli studenti cattivi,  si è trovato nel mezzo della bufera perché la polizia - dopo che lui si era allontanato per trasmettere le foto all'agenzia - non gli ha più  permesso di raggiungere il Parlamento dove fino a quel momento c'erano stati gli scontri più intensi.  Così s'è messo a seguire un gruppo di studenti arrabbiati in giro per Londra. E ha fatto bingo.

"Charles seemed to be waving calmly at first, trying to be amicable, but then he looked worried. Camilla was visibly agitated. There were a couple of people taking pictures with their mobile phones, but I knew I was the only newspaper photographer around. I had previously turned off my flash because it had attracted protesters who had tried to wrench my camera away. But the light was so bad by this time it would have been impossible to get a shot inside a car without it.  The adrenaline was running by now. So I turned it on and took five pictures. I realised they were important and I saw another guy shooting video on his phone. So I got him into a taxi and we went back to AP's offices in Camden."

The Guardian