Eastman Kodak, the company which pioneered so much in photography from the 1880s through the 1960s, could have owned digital imaging; the very first electronic camera was born in one of Kodak's labs. Instead, they missed that boat, going into a tailspin that resulted in their eventual bankruptcy. Tied to that economic engine, the fortunes of Rochester, New York, the archetypal company town where Kodak had its headquarters, fell as "Big Yellow" collapsed. Catherine Leutenegger's attentive, deadpan studies of Rochester today explore the face of a city once central to photography but now irrelevant and adrift.
Catherine Leutenegger (b. 1983 Switzerland) was awarded the Swiss Federal Design Prize and the Manor cultural Prize. Her works have been exhibited and published internationally: Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne; Bieler Fototage; Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan; Aperture Gallery, New York; EXIT Magazine; The British Journal of Photography; Photo District News. Her first book titled Hors-champ (Off-camera) revealing photographers' workspaces, was published in 2006 with essays by William A. Ewing and Nathalie Herschdorfer.