Mama Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away
“‘It has an emotional punchiness that really always seemed right for me,’ especially in tropical urban locales he gravitates to in the Caribbean and in ‘mucky light’ near dawn or dusk. Digital boasts ‘remarkable clarity,’ he says, but ‘it’s almost too clear and doesn’t seem to have depth and texture the way film does.’
Webb was ‘incredibly distressed’ when Kodachrome 200, his all-time favorite, bit the dust in November 2006. He stockpiled 600 rolls and is using up the last 150 to complete a photography book on Cuba this fall.
‘It seems kind of appropriate because Cuba is a world of the ’50s on some level,’ Webb says. ‘It has existed in a bubble outside the world of globalization now for 50 years, and Kodachrome goes hand-in-hand.'”