Rochester 585/716: Postcards from America: Postcards from America

Donovan Wylie, Martin Parr, Jim Goldberg, Bruce Gilden , Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin , Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alex Webb, Alec Soth, Larry Towell

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In 2012, the Eastman Kodak Company declared bankruptcy. That same year, a group of ten photographers from Magnum Photos―Jim Goldberg, Bruce Gilden, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alec Soth, Larry Towell, Alex Webb, and Donovan Wylie, plus Chien-Chi Chang, who documented the process in audio and video―established a temporary base of operations in Rochester, New York, former home to the once-dominant manufacturer of photographic film. Their goal: to create both a documentary archive of that city’s culture and landscape, and a photo-based experience engaging its residents; and to investigate a community of picture-makers comprised not only of Eastman Kodak, but also the Visual Studies Workshop, George Eastman House, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the citizens of Rochester. Over the course of almost three weeks, photographers, students, faculty, and residents worked together to create a visual record of the city and its people at a time of significant transition. Nathan Lyons, founding director of the Visual Studies Workshop, describes the result as “not only a major documentary project, but a celebration of photography within the city that had for years been a center of imaging technologies.” Upon arrival in Rochester, Martin Parr gave each photographer the task of assembling one hundred photographs to form the basis of an archive. Rochester 585/716 presents all one thousand images, together with commentary by poets Cornelius Eady and Marie Howe, art historian and photo theorist Laura Wexler, and photographer and educator Nathan Lyons.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWorld
PublisherAperture Foundation
ISBN (Print)9781683950943
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2015

Bibliographical note

Rochester, New York: An Archive

Pages 4-5, 14, 16-17, 36-37, 52-53, 72-73, 94-95, 112-113 and 178-179.

Rochester, New York: Research chapter

Page Image number
p201 0020, 0021
p206 0043
p210 0065 & 0068
p215 0083
p216 0084 - 0088
p217 0089, 0090
p218 All images
p219 All images
p224 0125
p225 All images
p226 0134 - 0137
p237 0185
p258 0268 - 270
p272 0332, 0333
p300 0449
p321 0540, 0541
p322 0542
p323 0551
p328 0570, 0573 & 0574
p329 0575, 0576
p344 0639
p345 0647, 0648
p348 0659, 0662
p349 0663
p361 0726, 0727
p363 All
p367 0745
p372 0775
p376 0790 - 0794 & 0795
p386 0843
p394 0884, 0885
p397 0901, 0902
p398 0903
p401 0915
p404 0938
p409 0967


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