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Catherine Leutenegger

Kodak City © Catherine Leutenegger

Catherine Leutenegger, Kodak City
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2014

ISBN 978-3-86828-462-1

The size and decadence of the city of Rochester. This could have been a title for the research that Catherine Leutenegger conducted in 2007 and 2012 in the American city. But for the artist, it is rather a history of photography that she presents here. Kodak City is the nickname of the town in northern New York State, where the company occupied such a prominent place. The world leader from 1881 to its bankruptcy in 2012, the company founded by George Eastman failed to take the digital turn. Through its devastated city centre, these abandoned houses, the decadent grandeur of the Kodak buildings, the splendour of the Eastman Theatre, the images tell as much about the industrial fall as about the disappearance of a relationship with photography. Digital has replaced silver film-strips, and with it an entire relationship with the photographic image and its perception. Richly illustrated, the book also offers time to reflect on this paradigm shift with texts contributed by A. D. Coleman, Urs Stahel and Joerg Bader. [Denis Pernet]