My home state of Kansas now has the honor of being the last place in the world where Kodachrome film was developed. Dwayne’s Photo, in the small town of Parsons, Kansas, was the only place left with the equipment to develop the images. Kodachrome was created in 1935 and was the first to shoot in color.
According to an article at BBC News, “Kodachrome film is renowned for its exceptional rendering of colour, vivid images and archival longevity. For many years, it was the preferred brand for print media.”
It was a favorite of National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry who took the famous image from 1984 of the Afghan girl with the green eyes, seen here.
The last roll was developed on December 30, 2010, and the last photo was the staff of Dwayne’s photo standing outside the shop with t-shirts commemorating the event: “The best slide and movie film in history is now officially retired, Kodachrome 1935-2010.” And if you’d like a t-shirt yourself, a limited number are on sale through their website.