Kodak KodaChrome is an icon in the world of film rolls. Photographers from all around the world claim that it produced some of the best colors and maintained longevity. But unfortunately, Kodak, the fledging imaging giant had to shutter production of the KodaChrome film in 2009 thanks to the advent of digital photography. Kodak was gracious enough to hand over the last ever manufactured roll to legendary National Geographic photo journalist Steve McCurry who is known around the world for a photo known as the ‘Afghan Girl’. While the shoot happened a couple of years ago, National Geographic documented the whole shoot as Steve McCurry traversed through New York City, to the slums of Mumbai and the heat of Rajasthan. Also Read - Best 4K Smart TVs under Rs 25,000 in India to buy in June 2021: Kodak 43-inch 4K UHD Smart TV, iFFalcon 43-inch 4K UHD Smart TV with HDR 10 and more
The documentary shows how the legendary photographer shot the last 36 frames of the KodaChrome. The frames include some very iconic people from the world of entertainment. The first photograph was a portrait of legendary Hollywood star – Robert Di Niro in New York. But after this, McCurry took the roll to his favorite country – India. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needy
Once he landed in Mumbai – he chose to shoot Bollywood icon – Amitabh Bachchan and then he even went ahead and shot a portrait of Amir Khan. Lastly, he took a portrait of director Shekhar Kapur. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Long-term Review
He roamed the slums of Mumbai for the perfect shot. McCurry carried his trusty digital camera to shoot test shots and he reserved his film camera just for the KodaChrome when he was sure of the shot.
He chose his exposures very carefully and used the tripod for almost all the images, to ensure he did not waste even a single frame of the last roll.
From Mumbai, he made way for dusty Rajasthan. Here he encountered snake charmers and magicians. He cited that the Indian culture had ‘color’ embedded in it and it made for some beautiful photography.
In the end McCurry also ensured that he had one shot of himself, shot in the last KodaChrome roll and then he took the final roll to Kansas city where he developed the images.
The whole documentary is up on YouTube and you can see it below.