As we all know, in 2009, Kodak discontinued the production of the popular Kodachrome film. The film was introduced by Eastman Kodak in 1935 and has been extremely successful. It even has a song dedicated to it, the “Kodachrome” written by Paul Simon in 1973 and appeared in his album “There Goes Rhymin´Simon”. The song made it into the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached number nine. For decades this film has given superb colors and wonderful shots.
When Steve McCurry, a National Geograpic photographer, got the news, he asked to be given the absolute final roll of Kodachrome off the production line. Steve has been using this film throughout his career and wanted to make the final roll special. He is the photographer famous for the Afghan Girl which appeared as front cover on the June 1985 issue of National Geographic. The image was shot on Kodachrome color slide film, using a Nikon FM2.
Kodak agreed and he got he honour to make the final 36 frames memorable. He started in New York and ended up in India. Watch the movie below to see how he did and learn about the creative challenges he met.