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Kodachrome Rumors: Why Outdated Technologies Thrive in the Art World

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As former director of a community photographic darkroom, I watched over six years as our membership grew instead of shrank, surprising many. Based on this experience, I have begun an exploration of how technologies evolve from commercial tools into the methods with which artists make work. I will show examples of how discarded technologies can help explain the importance of process in the creation of art, why an understanding of process is essential for a thorough appreciation of art objects, and how nostalgia and the “starving artist” stereotype distract from more potent reasoning behind the use of these art-making techniques.

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