So, I Was Talking to Steve McCurry Today…

February 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

Steve-McCurryNow there’s something I don’t get to say every day.

But we’re doing a photo essay on famed photographer Steve McCurry ā€™74 for our forthcoming March-April issue, and I was hoping I’d be able to talk to him in order to write the text that’ll accompany the piece.

You’ve probably seen some of our past photo essays with McCurry, such as the September-October 2006 cover story shown here. The occasion for our latest piece is that, when Kodak announced in 2009 that it was discontinuing production of its workhorse Kodachrome slide film, McCurry asked if he could have the honor of shooting the last roll.

McCurry used that roll to shoot images in New York City and in India, as well as a few in Parsons, Kansas, where he took that last roll to be developed. The project will be the subject of a National Geographic documentary to air in May, and we’re lucky to be able to publish a few of McCurry’s final Kodachrome images in the magazine.

McCurry is based in New York City, but good luck finding him there. He spends much of his time in Asia on various photography projects, and in fact, to interview him today I had to call him at a hotel in Myanmar, where he’s running a photography workshop. I got to talk to him for about 20 minutes, and in addition to what we’ll put in the magazine, I’ll post a condensed version of that Q&A here on the blog closer to the time the next issue comes out. Check back around the first of March.

(Which reminds me: If you’d like to get our blog in the form of a daily e-mail, just click on the “Subscribe / by e-mail” button on the upper right of this page.)

Oh, and one other thing. In the course of working with McCurry’s office in New York on this piece, I learned about a nonprofit organization he started called ImagineAsia, which aims to help schoolchildren in Afghanistan. Looks like they’re doing some very good work.

Tina Hay, editor

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