Re: Kodachrome dies quietly in its sleep

From: Fred Camper (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Mar 02 2006 - 20:30:44 PST

Timoleon Wilkins wrote:

> Confirmed from Kodak today, Kodachrome 40 16mm discontinued. (Not a
> surprise). Good riddance, now I'll have more time to surf the net and
> watch HDTV. I've been such a bad bad person, concerned with my medium
> and all...that'll teach me.

It sounds from your bitterness like you're feeling that without
Kodachrome you can't work at all?

Kodachrome is great. It has qualities that no other emulsion has. Its
loss narrows the possibilities.


I can't remember the exact year, but it was around 2000, give or take a
year or two, that I posed a question to Stan Brakhage, who as many know
had been griping about video for years. He even once said (and I don't
agree with this at all), "Video cannot be an art because of that little
knob on the sets that allows you to change the color." Another time he
said, "The muse favors film." I don't agree with that one either.

With all that in mind, here's the question I posed to him. "If someone
offered you a digital video setup that allowed you to create and modify
a frame at a time with possibilities, which digital have, that are
different from film, and with someone to help you learn to use it..."

And, somewhat to my surprise, without even letting me finish, he said,
"I would work with it."

There are many many possibilities for image making. You may like a
particular "look." But there are other "looks" too.

Fred Camper

For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.