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How Steve McCurry chose the final 36 photos taken with Kodak’s legendary Kodachrome film

Photographer Steve McCurry built a career shooting with Kodak’s fabled Kodachrome film, capturing thousands of mesmerizing images during his tenure at National Geographic with “Afghan Girl” at the top of that list. So when McCurry asked Kodak for the last roll of Kodachrome that would ever come off the line in 2009, the company was quick to grant his request. Despite having shot with the film — which he describes as “the best rendition of reality” thanks to its punchy colors — for 30 years, McCurry still found choosing the final 36 images to be a tall order.

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“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics looks so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’” - Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut, People magazine, 8 April 1974.