Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Beautiful Retro Kodachrome Photos

Kodachrome is a brand name for a non-substantive, color reversal film introduced by Eastman Kodak in 1935. It was one of the first successful color materials and was used for both cinematography and still photography. For many years it was used for professional color photography, especially for images intended for publication in print media.

Here again, we invite you to look back to a collection of beautiful retro Kodachrome images presented by National Geographic. These beautiful colour pictures were shot on different subjects but they do not cease to be interesting.

Furka Pass, Switzerland, 1956. A tourist bus drives through the Furka Pass in the Swiss Alps. Photograph by Franc and Jean Shor, National Geographic.

Irish Guards, London, 1966. Irish Guards in London, England, remain at attention after a fellow guardsman faints. Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

Colosseum, Rome, 1957. Visitors take in the sun at the Temple of Venus near the Colosseum. Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic.

Sirmione, Italy, 1968. Twin siblings drift by Castello Scaligero while playing in Lago di Garda in Sirmione, Italy. Photograph by Joe Scherschel, National Geographic

Athletes, Tour de France, 1952. International competitors await the start of the Tour de France in Paris. Photograph by Justin Locke, National Geographic.

Donegal, Ireland, 1961. A rainbow arches over a thatched white cottage and nearby fields in Donegal, Ireland. Photograph by Robert Sisson, National Geographic

Mallorca, Spain, 1957. Boys wear papier-mache horses to perform the dance of the cavallets on Mallorca, part of Spain’s Balearic Islands. Photograph by Franc and Jean Shor, National Geographic

Schoolboys and Penguins, 1953. Schoolboys pose with king penguins in London, England. Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic.

Trolley, Lisbon, 1965. A crowded cable trolley descends a cobblestone street in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic

Zermatt, Switzerland, 1961. Skiers walk past outdoor diners at a hotel in Zermatt, Switzerland. Photograph by Kathleen Revis, National Geographic.

Town Hall, Copenhagen, 1963. A town hall lines one side of the traffic-clogged central square in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photograph by Gilbert M. Grosvenor, National Geographic

Notre Dame Gargoyle, Paris, 1952. A gargoyle on Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral looks down on the city and the Seine River. Photograph by Justin Locke, National Geographic

Hjelle Valley, Norway, 1957. A bus negotiates a switchback road in Norway’s Hjelle valley. Photograph by Andrew H. Brown, National Geographic.

Parthenon, Greece, 1963. Columns battered by a 1687 explosion glow in the sun. Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic.

Trieste, Italy, 1956. Men read the morning paper over espresso at an outdoor café in Trieste, Italy. Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

Laundry, Lisbon, 1965. A woman hangs laundry below billowing St. Anthony streamers in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic.

Common Riding Festival, Scotland, 1957. Heralds carry halberds during the annual Common Riding festival in Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland. Photograph by Kathleen Revis, National Geographic.

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