Steve McCurry, who is best known for his photograph of Sharbat Gula, the “Afghan Girl,” featured on the front page of National Geographic in 1984, had the privileged of shooting the final roll of 36 exposure Kodachrome film to ever be manufactured. Kodak announced last year that it would stop manufacturing Kodachrome film and retire the name brand.
This final roll was processed at Dwayne’s Photo Service in Parsons, Kansas. Dwayne’s is the last lab in the world that still handles Kodachrome processing. Since Kodachrome is no longer manufactured, there are not many rolls still in circulation and Dwayne’s is expected to stop processing it this December.
National Geographic has been following and documenting this last roll of Kodachrome film and is expected to publish both the story and some of the pictures in the Spring of 2011.