Steve McCurry - the Last Roll of Kodachrome

The End of an Era started in 2009, when Kodak announced that it was making its last roll of Kodachrome Film, the film loved by serious professionals and amateur photographers, alike.

Steve McCurry, who has shot for National Geographic for about 3 decades, asked Kodak for that last roll— the Final Roll of Kodachrome Film, Kodachrome 64.

McCurry said this about the Kodachrome effect, If you have good light and you’re at a fairly high shutter speed, it’s going to be a brilliant color photograph. It had a great color palette. It wasn’t too garish. Some films are like you’re on a drug or something…. Kodachrome had … poetry in it, a softness, an elegance. With digital photography, you gain many benefits [but] you have to put in post-production. [With Kodachrome,] you take it out of the box and the pictures are already brilliant. —Steve McCurry, Vanity Fair interview, Feb. 2011.

 
National Geographic documents McCurry, shooting these 36 frames, with his Nikon F6 loaded up. Watch!


 

It’s enough to make a grown girl cry… (in so many words, my feeling after watching).

What is your take on this last take? And what would you have shot, if you were the lucky one to have been in Steve’s shoes?

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