In 1984, photojournalist Steve McCurry was in an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan. He followed the sound of voices to a tent where he found a group of girls. “I noticed this one little girl off to the side that had his incredible set of eyes that seemed almost haunted — or very piercing,” he tells NPR‘s Audie Cornish.
That young girl became one of National Geographic‘s most famous faces, the girl with the piercing blue eyes.
That image he took ended up on the cover of National Geographic‘s
June 1985 issue. “The Afghan Girl” taken by McCurry as taken with a film no longer made, Kodachrome
. Kodachrome, is a slide film is known for its rich colors and archival ability. McCurry was given the last roll of Kodachrome film and is now awaiting processing in Parsons, Kansas.
This roll will become documentary by National Geographic
. Read more about McCurry and his work at NPR
. You can listen to Steve McCurry talk about this last roll of Kodachrome at NPR’s Whad’ya Know
“And the prints from that final roll are here in Rochester, in the archives at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.”