Excellent link. Interesting variability to the technical quality of the images, but the social content is what is important. I noticed the car photographed near the Golden Gate at Fort Cronkite. In another year that area would be closed to the public and would remain closed until the late 50s. The text mentions the attempts of the New Deal to improve the conditions for sharecroppers and braceros, but nothing much really happened until the late 60s.
It is noteworthy that the first dedicated photo book with color illustrations printed from mostly Kodachrome slides, as well as the first technical textbook on color photography, were both published in Germany (K. P. Karfeld (ed.): Das farbige Leica-Buch, engl. version: The Leica book in color, with photographs by Anton Baumann, and H. A. Kluge: Foto in Farben, both 1938).
The dancers in Oklahoma appear to have been photographed on the very first generation of Kodachrome (1936 - 1938), which was processed using "controlled diffusion" and suffered from fading into purple. The improved version with selective post-exposure for reversal processing (to which the Austrian pioneer Dr. Karl Schinzel may have contributed) has remained stable. The grain is very fine, as I have noticed on scanning slides from 1959.
Incredible. Many of those images look absolutely amazing. I just discovered slide film this year - before then, I simply thought it was used for slides. Some trouble getting the colors right while scanning has discouraged me, but I think I really need to learn how to get it right, and shoot some Kodachrome before it is too late.
To me the most amazing thing about Kodachrome is it was invented by two men Leopold Godowski, and Leopold Mannes, who were not scientists, or photo chemists, but professional classical musicians with an interest in photo chemistry since high school who before being sponsored by Kodak, did much of the R&D work in hotel bedrooms !
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