A Photographer’s Elegy to Kodak City by Laura C. Mallonee on June 16, 2014
In her series Kodak City, Catherine Leutenegger documents the photographic giant’s now-dilapidated headquarters using the same medium that Kodak made accessible to millions around the world. There is one telling shot of the cracked, barren employee parking lot, looking something like a deserted college campus over the holidays. We see a lobby, all gold chrome and marble, that doesn’t appear to have been updated for decades. In one photo, a middle-aged employee leans against a wall on a smoke break, one hand shoved into her white cardigan pocket. She looks bored and anxious, as if she hasn’t talked to anyone all day — not like someone working at what was once one of America’s most magical companies.