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Memory City
The Fading Days of Film
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
Thames and Hudson

132 pages, plus 24 page booklet
24.8cm x 30cm
9780500544327
2014

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 mediumís uncertain future by creating a melancholy refrain of colour still-lifes and portraits of Rochester women past and present.

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