ROBERT BURLEY DOCUMENTS THE DEMISE OF KODACHROME & KODAK CANADA

BURLEY1   <PHOTO ABOVE – the implosion of buildings 65 and 69 at Kodak Park, ROCHESTER, New York, ROBERT BURLEYFor some time now, photographer ROBERT BURLEY has recorded the demise of film manufacturing and industrial darkrooms in many parts of the world.  His exhibition – “Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness”, fresh from the National Gallery in Ottawa, was recently on the walls at the Ryerson Image Centre.<PHOTO ABOVE – the huge Kodak Heights complex in the west end of TORONTO, closed and demolished in 2005.  In the 1970’s, employment here reached a peak of 3,000, which dwindled eventually to 800.>PAUL SIMON’s song “Kodachrome” became an international hit in the 1970’s. . . . . .Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing GroupWhen I think back on all the crap I learned in high school
It’s a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn’t hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wallKodachrome
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s
a sunny day
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don’t take my Kodachrome awayIf you took all the girls I knew
When I was single
And brought them all together
for one night
I know they’d never match
my sweet imagination
Everything looks worse
in black and white

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