KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The 1963 Zapruder film of President John F. Kennedy's assassination was shot on it.
So, too, were the portraits of Sir Edmund Hillary on Mount Everest, a famed 1985 National Geographic cover of a beautiful Afghan refugee girl, and probably a generation or two of your family's vacation slides.
"They give us those nice bright colors; they give us the greens of summers," Paul Simon sang, immortalizing the film in his 1973 hit "Kodachrome."
So when Angie Jennings of Prairie Village, Kan., learned that Kodachrome was going away -- that Kodak would stop making the film in 2009 and that the last Kodachrome processing machine on the globe would shut down at the end of 2010 -- she knew what to do.
In September, the 45-year-old art photographer trekked with her mother, 72, up a lush hillside in China's Fujian province. There, visiting the tea fields of a dear friend, she stood on the rise of a winding path. Shrubs rich with the buds of her favorite white tea covered the mountainside.