Memory City Alex Webb

Memory City

The Fading Days of Film

(Includes a 24pp booklet)
  1. Alex Webb
  2. Rebecca Norris Webb
  • ISBN 9780500544327
  • 30.00 x 24.80 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 132pp
  • Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • First published 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 ...

‘Really good. Alex Webb has an expert eye for framing a fleeting moment … a masterclass in observation and context … the book is charming, one of a kind … If we are living in the last days of film, then 'Memory City' is a fitting epitaph’ – Amateur Photographer
‘A love song to film and to Kodak … a quietly moving, reflective work’ – Aesthetica
‘Both melancholy and charming’– New Statesman


See the review and pictures in The Guardian

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

Alex Webb is a photojournalist associated with Magnum Photos. He has published several books, and has exhibited widely in the USA and Europe. He is married to Rebecca Norris Webb, who has published three photography books: The Glass Between Us, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb) and My Dakota.