Memory City

The Fading Days of Film



ISBN: 9780500544327 Category:

Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb


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

Additional information

Weight 1488 g
Dimensions 25.8 x 29.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 August 2014
Number of pages 132
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.8 x 29.4 cm
Weight 1488 g


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Alex Webb's photographs have appeared in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Life, Stern and National Geographic, and have been exhibited internationally. He is a recipient of the Leica Medal of Excellence (2000) and the Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas (2009), and has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1976.