An Analog Swan Song

At the beginning of the year Atlanta lost its last E6 lab, which was named (with great imagination) E-Six Lab. (If you don’t know, the E6 Process was the photographic means of processing a piece of transparency film, which is commonly referred to as a slide. I have many fond memories of the late 90s, working as a photo assistant, driving my craptastic 1974 Volvo 164E over to E-Six Lab and picking up gorgeous 8×10 chromes for a photographer who specialized in shooting bottles for Coca-Cola. He wasn’t a cheap skate, and lunch always fricking rocked, a not inconsiderable luxury when you’re a broke ass photo assistant. Note to current photo assistants: if the photographer makes you buy your own lunch, it’s time for a divorce.) Then, in April, Showcase Photo/Video closed their film processing and printing lab. They were, as far as I can tell, the final analog photography business to fall in Atlanta after a decade of change that has truly rocked the photography world. To give you some perspective on just how much has changed, and how quickly, we can rewind to 2003, just ten years ago when the first affordable digital cameras came along in the form of the Canon 10D (which hit the market on Feb 27, 2003) and the Nikon D100 (a few months earlier).