Chennai Photo Biennale 2019: Catherine Leutenegger captures Rochester, Kodak's headquarters, after the company's decline

Swiss photographer 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.

FP Staff March 02, 2019 13:24:26 IST
Chennai Photo Biennale 2019: Catherine Leutenegger captures Rochester, Kodak's headquarters, after the company's decline
Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Catherine Leutenegger captures Rochester Kodaks headquarters after the companys decline

The Kodak headquarters were founded by George Eastman in Rochester, New York, in 1888.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Catherine Leutenegger captures Rochester Kodaks headquarters after the companys decline

In its prime, Kodak employed thousands of people and turned Rochester into a wealthy town. After the digitalization of photography, the business declined.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Catherine Leutenegger captures Rochester Kodaks headquarters after the companys decline

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.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Catherine Leutenegger captures Rochester Kodaks headquarters after the companys decline

It is a testimony that is both engaged and objective, covering a part of America’s industrial heritage that faces inevitable disappearance.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Catherine Leutenegger captures Rochester Kodaks headquarters after the companys decline

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.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Catherine Leutenegger captures Rochester Kodaks headquarters after the companys decline

Catherine Leutenegger is a visual artist based in Switzerland.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Catherine Leutenegger captures Rochester Kodaks headquarters after the companys decline

The awards she has won for her work include the Manor Kunstpreis, Prix de la Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture 2018, the Raymond Weil International Photography Prize and the Swiss Design Awards 2006 and 2008.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Catherine Leutenegger captures Rochester Kodaks headquarters after the companys decline

Leutenegger’s photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions on the international scene.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Catherine Leutenegger captures Rochester Kodaks headquarters after the companys decline

Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; Aperture Gallery, New York; Lianzhou Fotofestival; Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich; Museum Bellerive, Zürich; Bieler Fototage, Biel; Fotomuseum, Winterthur; Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Greece; Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan; Head On Photofestival, Sydney; Le Petit Palais, Paris are some of the avenues where Leutenegger's works have been displayed.

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