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    Kodachrome Sheet film processing

    Back when Kodachrome was made in sheet film ( 1938-51) where was it processed? Only in Rochester, or where there other Kodak labs around the world that could process it? If only Rochester, I'm assuming photographers would have had to mail in their film and have it returned by mail?

    (No, this isn't intended to be another "bring Kodachrome back" thread, just historical curosity)
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    Sheet films were also processed outside Rochester including overseas. At least in one case even in a country were sheet films were not even on offer.
    But I do not know whether each Kodak Lab could process sheet film.

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    Was sheet Kodachrome only processed by Kodak themselves? Or could independent labs or users do it? (I'm thinking that part of the advantage of Ektachrome, when it was introduced later, would have been independent labs or user-processing with some consequent time-saving for commercial uses?)

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    Up to the end of 1954 Kodak held in the USA the right to solely process Kodachrome.

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    In Canada, no-one else was in the market, so all Kodachrome processing was done by Kodak.

    There were 3 labs open in Canada over the years. The western lab would not have been able to develop 120 or sheet film, as it was set up for still and movie film 135/126/828 and smaller. I'll ask my Dad if he remembers if the Toronto lab ever did sheet or 120 Kodachrome. I'm sure Brampton was too recent to have done it.
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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Can you just imagine the beauty of an 8x10 piece of Kodachrome?

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    I believe these are 8x10 shots:

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddes...me-in-pictures

    /Clay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay2 View Post
    I've used the expression "The nation took its portrait on Kodachrome." This collection I exactly what I meant. Without Kodachrome we would all have a far less colorfully realistic sense of who we really are, and where we came from.



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    "They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you."

    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom1956 View Post
    Can you just imagine the beauty of an 8x10 piece of Kodachrome?
    I've not seen 8x10, but I have printed 5x7 Kodachrome onto Ilfochrome. They are beautiful.

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