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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

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