©Rebecca Norris Webb, "Tatiana's and her Younger Sister's Quinceanera Dresses with their Niece Looking On," Rochester, NY, 2012, from "Memory City," with Alex Webb
The inventors of Kodachrome, Leopold Mannes and Leopold Godowsky, Jr. (whose former residence Alex photographed below using Kodachrome processed as black and white) were accomplished musicians –– Mannes a concert pianist, and Godowsky, first violinist for both the San Francisco and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestras. In the 1930’s Eastman Kodak hired the two men and gave them a lab in Rochester to continue working on the color film process they’d been developing in their off hours as musicians.
As the story goes while working in darkness in their lab at Eastman Kodak, the two musicians measured film development times by whistling the last movement of Brahms’ C-minor Symphony.––Rebecca Norris Webb
©Alex Webb, "Former Residence of Kodachrome Co-creator Leopold Godowsky," Rochester, NY, 2012, Kodachrome processed as black and white, from "Memory City" with Rebecca Norris Webb
LINKS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
All this month, follow Alex and Rebecca and other from Magnum’s House of Pictures project in Rochester here.
Read more about Magnum’s House of Pictures project in the New Yorker and see Alex’s photo of the day, April 24th.
Alex and Rebecca in Milan May 4-7 for “The Suffering of Light” exhibition and workshop.
Alex’s “The Suffering of Light” exhibition at Forma, Milan, featured in Italian Vogue.
MY DAKOTA book launch, book signing, and celebration, ICP, New York, Thursday, May 24th, 6-7:30 pm
Tags: Alex Webb, Forma, Godowsky, House of Pictures, Italian Vogue, Kodachrome, Mannes, Memory City, Milan, NY, Rebecca Norris Webb, Rochester, The Suffering of Light