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Life in Kodachrome – The magic of colour film photography

As the Paul Simon song suggests, everything looks worse in black and white, and if there’s only one colour film that could make “all the world a sunny day,” it was Kodachrome. Kodak’s Most Famous Film.

No other film could make such true, vivid sharp images.
When the film was exposed correctly, one found a slice of real life on film with sublime rich colours.

Vintage Photos has hundreds of original Kodachrome Slides that have been scanned into high resolution digital format.

Specialist subjects including 1940s to 1960s USA, Americana – the post-war American Dream and nostalgia.

These are the Post World War 2 analogue years, a time of optimism where each slide is a glimpse into our collective memory.

We have a Unique collection of 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s memorable and iconic images of photography, including, Cars, Automobiles, Trams, Fashion & Models of the period, City Street scenes, London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, New Orleans etc., Landscapes and Petrol & Gas stations.

Fifty to seventy years ago we used 35mm cameras loaded with colour film to document our lives just as we now use smartphones in the age of Instagram today. So, even as technology changes, many of our habits remain the same.

Kodachrome slides are rectangular pieces of colour reversal film encased in cardboard.

The slides were loaded into a slide projector and the images were beamed onto a screen or wall for all to view.

Kodachrome film was introduced by the Eastman Kodak Company in 1935. It helped make photography popular among people after World War II. But In 2009, Kodak discontinued the iconic Kodachrome colour film forever.

Kodachrome is fine-grained and tonally rich, the film could capture the hues and tinge of fabric and skin, atmosphere, contrast and light until digital imaging became dominant.
Kodachrome film was the best way we could record moments on camera.

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Our Vintage Kodachrome photos and images have super vivid colours, despite the fact that some slides are over 70 years old.

Although most of our colour Kodachrome negatives remain vibrant, their shelf life is limited.

They were not meant to survive longer than 50 years, as the chemicals on the film degrade over time;
This is why we are scanning as many Kodachrome slides as we can.

Looking through all the images, there's a sense of normality and the feeling that we have not changed very much in the way we document our lives.

These images really show how, even when we are so diverse, we still have similar ambitions, hopes, goals and how we all go through the same things.

But the digital age takes Kodachrome away.

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