Paul Simon may have sung Kodachrome's praises, but Los Angeles native Charles Phoenix took the now-obsolete film and turned it into a multifaceted portrait of America — and a quirky career. A flea market find of Kodachrome slides inspired him to begin a collection that eventually grew to 200,000 slides and full-scale stage shows and exhibitions. According to Phoenix, these colorful images offer a unique peek into some of the best (and worst) of mid-century American culture. My Generation's Val Zavala has more on the lasting impact of an extinct invention.
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