Photo of the Week: Ektachrome Film Returns

[Brooklyn Bridge], 1964, v1988.1.181; A. Edna Glyde Photograph Collection, v1988.1; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[Brooklyn Bridge], 1964, v1988.1.181; A. Edna Glyde Photograph Collection, v1988.1; Brooklyn Historical Society.

A few months ago, I featured a photograph taken with ektachrome film, which has been out of production since 2012. Last Thursday, Kodak announced that they are bringing back their iconic Kodak Ektachrome film later this year. They stated, “The film, known for its extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrast, became iconic in no small part due to the extensive use of slide film by the National Geographic Magazine over several decades.” Film lovers rejoice!

With that in mind, the photo of the week is an ektachrome slide depicting the Brooklyn Bridge in August, 1964. This photograph is from the A. Edna Glyde photograph collection that comprises color slides, negatives, contact sheets, and black-and-white prints by photographer and Brooklyn Heights resident, Edna Glyde. Many of her photographs depict cityscapes and weather conditions in Brooklyn from 1940-1967. Her photographs are not digitized, but we would love for you to visit the Othmer Library to see more of them in person, as well as other beloved and not-so-beloved film types that are still extinct today (Kodachrome, 620 format, nitrate, and more!).

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

 

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