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National Geographic: The Last Roll of Kodachrome

In 2010, National Geographic covered legendary photographer Steve McCurry as he shot the final roll of Kodachrome film ever produced. You can watch fascinating video after the cut.

We all know the sad fate of the iconic Kodachrome film back in 2009. And as a sequel to this saga, you’ve probably heard how legendary photographer Steve McCurry had asked Eastman Kodak if he could have the final roll to be produced.

This symbolic last roll has already been shot, processed, and developed back in 2010, and the resulting photos can be viewed in a gallery in his website, but that does not mean we can’t get a glimpse of the process.

National Geographic was present in documenting McCurry and his journey in New York and India, and in making the last exposures count. You can watch this fascinating video below.

What do you guys think of his decision for his subjects? Would you have chosen the same?

written by geegraphy


  1. natalieerachel


    Wow, the gallery is beautiful...

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  2. ophelia


    The photographer is Steve Mc Curry! Not Steve Curry!

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  3. emilios


    Tragic and beautiful at the same time

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  4. emkei


    amazing photos in his gallery. love it!

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  5. melache


    Amazing Portraits! :D

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  6. superlighter


    It's a fortune that I never shot with a kodachrome, I would have been in competition with Steve McCurry....hahahaa! LOL!
    Damned Digital!

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  7. iamtheju


    I like the way he thinks. He is no lomographer though. Lol

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  8. kschraer


    No landscapes? No nature? Boo!

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  9. raylemon


    gosh! I managed to get a really old roll of kodachrome about a month ago! Can't bear to use it man...

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  10. mafiosa


    Great images!

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  11. freelancer


    @raylemon: Even if you could bear to use it my friend, you won´t be able to get it developed anymore. This era is gone forever!!! The last Lab on earth stopped developing Kodachrome in Dec. 2010!! Go and google it, if you don´t believe me ;-)
    But you can develop it in b/w by yourself, because Kodachrome was a special 3 Layered B/W kind of Emulsion. Check out the b/w pics in this album: http://www.lomograph(…)river-rhine
    All Kodachrome 64t developed as B/W

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  12. raylemon


    @freelancer yea, my friend was telling me I was actually paying for the processing also...the box comes with the form...well, I guess The kodachrome would fit nicely in my display cupboard then! :D yea, I do believe what you said...

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  13. raylemon


    @freelancer that roll of film, the box, and the form, have become an ancient relic then...

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  14. freelancer


    An ancient relic....epic!

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  15. segata


    I watched this some time ago and I must say he did the film justice, a really fitting way to celebrate the end of an era.

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