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 I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don't take my Kodachrome away
Paul Simon, 1973
Photographer and National Geographic contributor Steve McCurry doesn't want his Kodachrome taken away.
He's taken over 800,000 photos taken with the film — including his most famous one. When McCurry's arresting shot of an Afghan girl in Pakistan was featured on the cover of National Geographic in 1985, the subject's gazing green eyes captured the world's attention. It could not have been created without Kodachrome.
After spending almost 30 years shooting with Kodachrome, McCurry equates losing the medium to losing a dear friend. He has been given the chance to take one more roll — just 36 frames — for the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. He'll continue traveling around the world, looking for shots that will be best captured in the exceptional colors of Kodachrome. [via NPR]