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Catherine Leutenegger: Kodak City

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Photography: Catherine Leutenegger’s haunting photo series of a ghostly old Kodak factory

The sleepy, modern-day ghost town captured in these photographs is contemporary Rochester, New York, birthplace of photographic film and home to the great Kodak empire. Swiss photographer Catherine Leutenegger’s poignant series, entitled Kodak City, records the fading remainders of the old industrial hub, a place “once central to photography but now marginalised and adrift.”

The evocative photographs of ageing interiors, deserted factories and unpopulated streets have just been published by Kehrer Verlag, and beautifully tell the tale of a declining powerhouse drowning in the digital wave. Catherine describes her project as a kind of historical track: “It’s like pickling moments in formaldehyde. It’s a sensory object, a conveyor of messages and emotions in an environment that is dominated by the virtual.” See for yourself; the photographs are a stunning reminder of a not-so-distant past, and give real insight into the tangible reality of the things left behind in a world that is constantly, rapidly transforming.

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Catherine Leutenegger: Kodak City

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Catherine Leutenegger: Kodak City