Istanbul Modern is hosting Steve McCurry's exhibition "The Last Roll of Kodachrome" from August 3rd to September 4th. McCurry received the very last roll of Kodachrome that came off the assembly line in Rochester, New York. 31 pictures of this last roll are exhibited in Istanbul for the first time.
We had the chance to participate at the opening of this extraordinary exhibition and want to share some thoughts about it.
By the way: What you see below is the box of the last roll of Kodachrome - the one McCurry used.
Steve is a member of the Magnum Photography Agency and got famous with his potrait of an Afghan Girl, which was on the cover of the National Geographic magazine.
We really loved the idea of this exhibition and McCurry's amazing photographs as well of course. Even though, we tried to imagine how hard it must be to figure out what to do with the last roll of a film. Or just imagine - as a post production crew - which movie to shoot with the last Digital Betacam Tape...
It really must have been a burden to hold this last roll in hands. And - if I'm right - you can also see this in the pictures. It seemed like McCurry couldn't choose what to use this film for. Or - in our opinion - just didn't want to. There are several portrait pictures - very good pictures, but not extraordinary, some shots that almost remind us of holiday snapshots and the amazing pictures of situations somewhere in India, like this one (our personal favourite).
As you see, walking through this exhibition was quite a philosophic experience. But isn't that what arts should be every time?
Thank you, Steve McCurry for this wonderful experience, all the philosophic thoughts that came to our minds and this great photographs. And to all our readers: Don't waste time, you have to see this exhibition.
Exhibited for the first time in the world, at Istanbul Modern you will have the chance to see what Mr. McCurry shot. You can get tickets directly at Istanbul Modern for 14 TL (7 TL if you are a student or senior older than 65 years).