The Last Roll

Us photographers have had to say goodbye to many types of film, especially over the past few years. But this one is especially missed because of it’s unique qualities. And although Mr. McCurry is not someone I follow or even admire as a photographer, in this documentary he describes a momentous occasion.

Kodachrome is no longer made and even if you have some, can no longer be developed (rats, I still have some in my fridge!), but was a very important film for print media and photography in general. Which is a shame because the ‘look’ of this film helped shape our memories of decades past. Or at least how we recognize images made from the 1935 till 2010 with this unmistakable film. This short documentary is interesting to watch if period color reversal film is your thing, or even if you’re just the nostalgic type. Enjoy.

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What Is Film? Part 2

So now you’ve all read up on what film is, don’t you think it’s time to see how it’s made? And no, not one of those (yet informative) corny video’s produced these days on how nuts and bolts are manufactured, but an original, 1958 Kodak film about their process on making a roll of film. It’s glorious. And funny enough, Dutch narrated (?). The whole thing is in two pieces and takes about 18 minutes of your time. It is quite fascinating though. I wonder if this particular factory is still up and running..

What Is Film?

Haven’t you always wanted to know? Well, Wikipedia comes to the rescue. Because all is true on Wiki, non? This article is actually very informative, if you’d like to learn what actually makes a roll of film.

“Photographic film is a strip or sheet of transparent plastic film base coated on one side with a gelatin emulsion containing microscopically small light-sensitive silver halide crystals”

Yeah, it gets a little technical at times but if you skip to the Film Basics chapter, all will be revealed in a few paragraphs. Happy learning.