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    lxdude, that picture affected everybody, but especially showed the human face of a country incessantly at war. The emotive effect was not confined to the USA. It was picked up in India, Pakistan, Russia... the earliest form of "going viral" long before the internet happened along to do things like that in a split second. I think NG at once stage produced a large poster for sale of this image? In Doctors surgeries now and then, well-thumbed issues of McCurry's NG (1985?) can still be found, with that colour-perfect, clear-eyed Pashtun girl staring point-blank at the viewer. Even the web pictures are not a patch on the original (and there are some appalling parodies of the famous work). I agree that I too would like to see how the Kodachrome slide has fared over the ensuing three decades. I wonder if McCurry has actually had any printed, for himself, friends or colleagues? He doesn't even look like Steve McCurry, now 63 I think. An interesting website that if anything showed the natural colour of Kodachrome that drew millions of people to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    I think going digital is about getting the images out safely, you can upload via remote satellite feed if need be... To get the images of the afghan girl out, Steve had to hand sew the film into his jacket that he wore through security at the airport.. He sewed the strips into the lining of the jacket in complete darkness remember... Not easy)...

    Digital upload is way easier
    Do you have a reference for this?
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick View Post
    Background for those who may not have already seen...

    The Last Roll of Kodachrome—Frame by Frame!
    By David Friend, Photographs by Steve McCurry
    Vanity Fair online, February 9, 2011

    "I've been shooting digital for years, but I don't think you can make a better photograph under certain conditions than you can with Kodachrome... Kodachrome had more poetry in it, a softness, an elegance." —Steve McCurry

    Ken
    He has also referred to it as
    "The Gold Standard"
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    McCurry was honored with theKnight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France around 25th May. That's quite a gong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clayne View Post
    Do you have a reference for this?
    I'm wondering the same thing. I've never heard that about this photo. And the wiki about it makes no such reference to this either:

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghan_Girl
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    Why should it make reference to something that was potentially deadly in that time, place and era? What if it was a secret, and remains so? What if McCurry himself would decline to answer? Lots of places to uncover the truth, but Wiki is not one of them.
    McCurry's own biography may also shed clues on what actually happened — and a few other things too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    Why should it make reference to something that was potentially deadly in that time, place and era? What if it was a secret, and remains so? What if McCurry himself would decline to answer? Lots of places to uncover the truth, but Wiki is not one of them.
    McCurry's own biography may also shed clues on what actually happened — and a few other things too.
    Truth or not I'd think such a interesting aspect to that photo would show up in the Wikipedia. And again this is first I'd heard he smuggled the film out in strips in dark sewn parts of clothing. Really? Exposed but undeveloped strips of Kodachrome sewn into his clothes?
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    i heard that it wasn't sewn in his clothes at all, but more like kopi luwak
    either way, its a good urban legend ..

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    Well, ask Steve McCurry...

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    Sounds like BS to me.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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