Steve McCurry has posted nine frames from the ceremonial last-ever roll of Kodachrome on his blog. Steve took the assignment very seriously, traveling around the world and including portraits of stars like Robert De Niro and Amitabh Bachchan (the second name won't mean much to readers in the U.S., but it will to readers in India) as well as some of the colorful native portraits for which is he is best known.
Much bigger stars to me are Elliot Erwitt and Ara Güler, no less! Ara, éminence grise of Turkish photography, is the auteur of Ara Güler's Istanbul: 40 Years of Photographs, a splendid volume I added to my library only last year.
Always nice to see celebrity portraits. (Ebru Ceylan—yes, of those famous Ceylans; Ebru is Nuri's wife—has a nice recent portrait of the Armenian-Turkish maestro at her website, too—third one down at the link.)
The glittering locales, characteristic Asians, and famous faces notwithstanding, the best shot on Steve's roll might be the very last, taken at a Parsons cemetery when he went there to turn the roll in to Dwayne's. A fitting ending for God and Man's old warhorse, and a picture that, I predict, will remain known in photography's history, down through the years to come.
(Thanks to Luc Novovitch)
ADDENDUM: Oops! Speaking of expiration dates, I think the expiration date on this auction might have just gone past. :-) (Thanks to Oren Grad for this.)
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