Rochester, New York was home to Eastman Kodak for 125 years until its bankruptcy in 2012. Alex Webb took photographs of the city with his last rolls of Kodachrome, a no-longer-available, vibrant colour film that can now only be processed as black-and-white …
The resulting photographs, taken during what may be the last days of film as we know it, are a meditation on film, memory, time and the city itself; they have a weathered quality akin to a fading memory. Alex also took some shots in digital colour, which punctuate the black-and-white work with images in his signature style.
Rebecca Norris Webb, who still uses film for all her work, responded to the medium’s uncertain future by creating a melancholy refrain of colour still-lifes and portraits of Rochester women past and present.
• Woven into the book are quotes by many of the famous writer and thinkers who have been connected to Rochester, including poets John Ashbery and Ilya Kaminsky
• Includes a separate booklet and special tipped-in images throughout
'Really good. Alex Webb has an expert eye for framing a fleeting moment … a masterclass in observation and context … the book is charming, one of a kind … If we are living in the last days of film, then 'Memory City' is a fitting epitaph'
'A love song to film and to Kodak … a quietly moving, reflective work'
'Both melancholy and charming'