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Charles Phoenix Displays American Culture With Kodachrome Collection

His unique, retro images span decades of history

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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