Catherine Leutenegger (b. 1983) is a visual artist based in Switzerland. She has won several awards for her work which include the Manor Kunstpreis, Prix de la Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture 2018, the Raymond Weil International Photography Prize and the Swiss Design Awards 2006 and 2008. Leutenegger’s photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions on the international scene: Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; Aperture Gallery, New York; Lianzhou Fotofestival; Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich; Museum Bellerive, Zürich; Bieler Fototage, Biel; Fotomuseum, Winterthur; Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Greece; Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan; Head On Photofestival, Sydney; Le Petit Palais, Paris.
The Kodak headquarters were founded by George Eastman in Rochester, New York, in 1888. In its prime, Kodak employed thousands of people and turned Rochester into a wealthy town. After the digitalization of photography, the business declined. Catherine Leutenegger’s ‘Kodak City’ series, reveals what remains of Kodak as a business and the ways in which the decline of the company impacted the city of Rochester. It is a testimony that is both engaged and objective, covering a part of America’s industrial heritage that faces inevitable disappearance. It is also a way of paying homage to the father of modern photography, George Eastman (1854 -1932) in his hometown, which he transformed into the cradle of the world’s collective memory for the entire 20th century.