Birth of Kodachrome Film


Initially developed for motion pictures, color film experienced its commercial birth in the form of Kodachrome (“Milestones”). The 35mm photographic film allowed amateur photographers to take color photographss through three emulsion layers, invented at Kodak Research Laboratories by Leopold Godowsky, Jr. and Leopold Mannes. Unlike previous attempts at color photography, Godowsky and Mannes’ innovation prevented dyes mixing, creating clear color photographs. Later, color photography would be used in the visual coverage of war (“Timeline of Color Photography”).


"Milestones." Kodak. Last modified 2015,

“Timeline of Color Photography,” Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. Accessed December 11, 2015,