National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry had the honor of shooting the very last roll of Kodachrome ever to come off the assembly line when Kodak stopped producing it.
He took 36 shots with the last roll of the legendary film and National Geographic documented the experience in a 30 minute video. Carrying around a DSLR for test photos, McCurry reached for his camera with Kodachrome film only when he had settled on the right shot.
He started out in New York by photographing the actor Robert De Niro and shot the final frame in a cemetery in Parsons, Kansas, before hand-delivering it to be developed. McCurry writes that he used the film in a large amount of his work:
Kodachrome was my mainstay film, the film I used for 30 years. I have about 800,000 Kodachrome transparencies in my archive. It was probably the greatest film ever made.
You can check out the documentary below to see McCurry’s shots and watch his journey: