The Kodak headquarters were founded by George Eastman in Rochester, New York, in 1888. In its prime, Kodak employed thousands of people and turned Rochester into a wealthy town. After the digitalization of photography, the business declined.
Catherine Leutenegger’s “Kodak City” series, reveals what remains of Kodak as a business and the ways in which the decline of the company impacted the city of Rochester. It is a testimony that is both engaged and objective, covering a part of America’s industrial heritage that faces inevitable disappearance. It is also a way of paying homage to the father of modern photography, George Eastman (1854 -1932) in his hometown, which he transformed into the cradle of the world’s collective memory for the entire 20th century.
Athens Photo Festival 2016
[Zones of error and decay]
Catherine Leutenegger (CH)
Duration: 9 June – 31 July, 2016
Venue: Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe
Dates & Time: Thursday & Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00, Friday & Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00
Supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Embassy of Switzerland in Greece