The last roll of Kodachrome film was processed Thursday, December 30th when Dwayne’s Photo, owner of the last Kodachrome processing machine, turned off their processor and sold it for scrap. Kodachrome film, developed in 1935 and prized for its rich color, became a victim of digital photography. Despite the popularity of digital cameras, many photographers mourned the end of Kodachrome. Dwayne’s Photo did a hopping business in Kodachrome development in the last few weeks: an Arkansas railroad worker developed his remaining 1,580 rolls of film (for a total of $15,798); an artist from London made her first trip to the United States for the purpose of turning in three rolls of film and shooting five more before the processing deadline. [New York Times, December 29, 2010]
Archive for December, 2010
With the quarter over, we can now catch up on our TV viewing and a good place to start is with the Colbert Report’s Art edition. In this December 8 episode, Steve Martin, Frank Stella, Shepard Fairey and Andres Serrano all make an appearance. Also interesting is Colbert’s “Tip of the Hat” and “Wag the Finger” segment in which Colbert comments on Eric Cantor’s (U. S. Representative, Virginia) response to David Wojnarowicz’ video “A Fire in My Belly” in the National Portrait Gallery’s “Hide/Seek” exhibition.
After harsh criticism from conservative groups and several Republican members of Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has removed David Wojnarowicz’s video “A Fire in My Belly” from their exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.” Martin Sullivan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, opted for self-censorship in an attempt to protect the GLBT-themed exhibition but not before another debate over federal funding for the arts was ignited. Eric Cantor, future Majority Leader, has called for closure of “Hide/Seek” because it is “an outrageous use of taxpayer money.” The spokesman for John Boehner, the future House Speaker, stated that “Smithsonian officials should either acknowledge the mistake and correct it, or be prepared to face tough scrutiny beginning in January when the new majority in the House moves [in].” Martin Sullivan has issued a statement on the exhibition and is soliciting public comments. If you want to read more about the controversy, here are a few links to help you get started: TBDArts blog, npr, CultureGrrl blog, Washington Post, CNN.