It seems true. Once Eastman Kodak runs out of its current stock of Kodachrome, the famed brand of iconic images there will be no more.
The transparency film was the daring of magazine photographers for decades will likely be no more sometime in 2009 (that’s the expiry date stamped on the last batch of Kodachrome selling in stores). Some professionals and advanced amateur photographers are buying up as much of the film as possible and freezing it. Freezing film will help prolong its shelf life and is a common practice at newspapers and magazines.
In a story from Associated Press, the film is lauded as the medium used to capture the 1936 destruction of the giant zeppelin Hindenburg and Hillary’s snapshot of his Sherpa climbing partner atop Everest in 1953. The Zapruder 8-millimeter reel of Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 was on Kodachrome as was the haunting image of an Afghan girl with the grey-green eyes that appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985.
Now as Kodak enters its 128th year, it is moving rapidly to adapt to the brave new world of digital photography and film may well just fade away. It doesn’t seem likely that Kodak will fire up the Kodachrome production line just to make more film that most customers won’t want.