4"x 5" Kodachrome transparency Forwarded By Len Burgess

For all the young digital photographers…
see what a 4"x 5" Kodachrome transparency looks like
–taken during WWII.
–Len Burgess


My Russian blog started to be visited by many English speaking readers after I posted the following post. I thought it would be great to give this post a special place in my new English blog, and let it be one of the first publications.

I regularly visit the www.shorpy.com in order to get inspired by the colors of Kodachrome photo film. This website is quite famous and contains a lot of archived photographs, I am sure many of you already know it. My wish was to make a personal selection of photographs I particularly like, in good quality. I hope that you will appreciate them as well. All the pictures have been taken during 1940-1943. Now just look at them and get inspired.


  • Fantastic quality from those large Kodachromes! I had a college professor who used them. If I recall, he had to load the cartridge in his darkroom – they didn’t come ready to snap into the camera. They certainly provided some super photography. Thanks for showing them.


  • Thanks for showing them. I had a college professor who used a 4X5 Kodak and shot that film. Amazing clarity to the pictures. If I recall he had to cut and load the film into flat cartridges to shoot it. Didn’t come on a roll like my old Kodak Brownie Box camera.


  • Thanks Len. I enjoy the photograph and the grey tones in the utensils of “Mint, Sage, Caraway and Thyme: 1942”.

    Paul Simon says :
    … Oh yeah…I got a Nikon camera
    I love to take a photograph
    So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away


  • I use to use 2 1/4 Square 120 Kodak film for weddings in the 70’s


  • I love my little Nikon P7000 10 Mega Pixel digital camera. Here are the stats for film cameras: 35mm film yields 25 Mega Pixels. 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ film gives you 100 MP. 4″x5″ film, like the Kodachrome in this post, boasts a 500 MP image. When I use the Deardorff 8″x10″ camera, 2 Giga Pixels (2,000 Mega Pixels) are captured. But it doesn’t matter, a good photo stands on its own.


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