Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Kodachrome

Couple at military base, ca.1939-1961, v1991.11; Harry Kalmus papers and photographs, ARC.046; Brooklyn Historical Society.

From the desk of Tess Wagman, Exhibition Laboratory high school student: Kodachrome, the slide film immortalized by the lyrics of Paul Simon, began production in 1935. The vivid colors of the images are unique to the process. In 2009, Kodak announced it was discontinuing the product and processing of Kodachrome. Despite the seeming lack of interest in Kodachrome at the time of its discontinuation, Twitter began to trend #Kodachrome and many fans reminisced on their memories of the product and shared slides they took back in the day. These slides are from the personal collection of photographer Harry Kalmus who primarily depicted Jewish Holidays and Bar Mitzvahs. These stunning portraits demonstrate the amazing ability for Kodachrome to withstand the test of time.

This and other Kodachromes will be on display at Say Cheese! Portraits to Pics, BHS’s new exhibition which opens on June 6. Join us at the exhibition opening Wednesday, June 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. To search our entire collection of images visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Fri, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

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