Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Last Roll Of Kodachrome

 In 1984, photojournalist Steve McCurry was in an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan. He followed the sound of voices to a tent where he found a group of girls. "I noticed this one little girl off to the side that had his incredible set of eyes that seemed almost haunted — or very piercing," he tells NPR's Audie Cornish.

That young girl became one of National Geographic's most famous faces, the girl with the piercing blue eyes.

That image he took ended up on the cover of National Geographic's June 1985 issue. "The Afghan Girl" taken by McCurry as taken with a film no longer made, Kodachrome. Kodachrome, is a slide film is known for its rich colors and archival ability. McCurry was given the last roll of Kodachrome film and which is now awaiting processing in Parsons, Kansas at Dwayne’s Photo, a small family businessEastman Kodak stopped making the film in 2009 and gave the last roll to Steve McCurry. He shot the last three frames of that roll in Parsons before handing it in to Dwayne’s. Read more here at the NYT Lens.

This roll will become documentary by National Geographic. Read more about McCurry and his work at NPR.
You can listen to Steve McCurry talk about this last role of Kodachrome at NPR's Whad'ya Know.

Books by Steve McCurry at the Central Library Art division

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