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Last roll of fabled Kodachrome lands in museum

Images from the last manufactured roll of Kodachrome film have landed in George Eastman’s air-conditioned cellar in upstate New York.

Steve McCurry’s pictures of Robert De Niro, New York City’s Grand Central Terminal and other iconic people and places were turned over for archival safekeeping this week to the George Eastman House film and photography museum in Rochester.

Eastman Kodak discontinued the fabled slide and motion-picture film with a production run in 2009. The company gave the final 36-exposure strip to McCurry, who’s best-known for his Kodachrome portrait of a green-eyed Afghan refugee girl in 1984.

The world’s first commercially successful color film, Kodachrome enjoyed its mass-market heyday in the 1960s and ’70s. It garnered its share of spectacular images, none more significant than Abraham Zapruder’s reel of President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.