I didn’t tend to shoot much Kodachrome myself – there’s only one lab in the whole freakin’ WORLD that will process it – but the fact that Kodak has officially announced the death of this beautiful film is a sad thing. Kodachrome has been around for almost 75 years; it was outpaced long ago by other slide films that were more neutrally balanced and easier to process. But to this day nothing (not even Photoshop plug-ins thank you very much, blech) quite matched Kodachrome’s particular warmth, saturation, and smoothness.
There’s a great little editorial about it on The Atlantic website.
Steve McCurry’s famous portrait of an Afghan girl in a refugee camp, photographed in 1984 on 35mm Kodachrome. Not that the film is the reason the picture is great, but… well, her eyes are awfully intense.