Archive for December, 2010

The End of an Era – 1935 to 2010

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2010 by stevemccurry

INDIA-11024Rabari Magician

Today is the day that Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas, the last lab on the planet to process Kodachrome,  stops developing the iconic film forever. When Kodak stopped producing the film last year, they gave me the last roll. When I finished shooting the final frames, I hand-delivered  it to Parsons. Here are a few of those last 36 frames.

USA-10289Actor Robert De Niro in his screening room in Tribeca, NYC

USA-10294Grand Central Terminal, New York, one of the most important and beloved architectural icons in the city

Kodachrome was my mainstay film, the  film I used for 30 years.

INDIA-11028Rabari Girl

INDIA-11034Rabari Woman

I have about 800,000 Kodachrome transparencies in my archive.  It  was probably the greatest film ever made.

TURKEY-10042Turkish photographer Ara Guler, nicknamed “The Eye of Istanbul” is the dean of Turkish Photographers and a friend of the late Henri Cartier-Bresson

INDIA-11037NF2Amitabh Bachchan, the most prominent actor in the history of Indian cinema

USA-10393Elliot Erwitt, Magnum Photographer, known for his wit and whimsical humor, photographed in his studio, Central Park West, NYC

USA-10298I shot the final frame in a cemetery in Parsons, Kansas

“Kodachrome, they give us those nice bright colors they give us the greens of summers, makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah.” -Paul Simon

The Grit, Grind, and Glory of Work

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2010 by stevemccurry


TIBET-10013NF2 Tibet




Whether it is men fishing from poles in Sri Lanka, nuns washing dishes, miners digging beneath the earth in Afghanistan, or Dalits cleaning the streets of India, work is universal, yet  intensely personal. Many work in order to survive another day.

KASHMIR-10023Srinagar, Kashmir



USA-10205NFNew York City

INDONESIA-10006Java, Indonesia

BURMA-10044 Yangon, Myanmar

Many find their identity in the work they do. Some enjoy intense satisfaction in their work.  For others, the line between work and play is hard to find.


SRILANKA-10072Sri Lanka

SRILANKA-10006Weligama, Sri Lanka

PARAGUAY-10019Filadelfia, Paraguay

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”

–  Kahlil Gibran



PAKISTAN-10032Between Peshawar and Lahore, Pakistan




KASHMIR-10004Saffron Harvest, Srinagar, Kashmir



Contrast and Clarity

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2010 by stevemccurry

PERU-10027Yanesha, Peru

It has been said that we live by contrasts.  During my travels over the past three decades, I have been in palaces and paper shacks;  in extreme heat and in bitter cold.  I have seen  the sublime and the bizarre; violent death and new life.  Each contrasting thing heightens the effect of its opposite.


USA-10001North Carolina

“The yin and yang of stark contrasts create a notion of a fine balance.”  – Valerie Kent




“In the canvas of life, a flat landscape would be boring. It is the valleys and the mountains that help us to appreciate the flatlands. It is the dark that makes us appreciate the light, and the cold that makes us appreciate the warm.” – Anne Copeland

PHILIPPINES-10012NFBoringot, Manila, Philippines

PHILIPPINES-10032Manila, Philippines

“So many opposites: darkness and light,  peace and chaos, subtlety and directness, intensity and muteness.” – Matthew Higginbotham

USA-10162Los Angeles

USA-10112Los Angeles

“Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.” – Victor Hugo

USA-10025Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
Mumbai, India
Mumbai, India
“Beauty, pleasure, and the good things of life are intensified, and perhaps only exist, by reason of contrast.”  – Walter J.  Phillips

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