FORAGE: A Sustainable Photography Exhibition Opening June 7th at Cass Gallery

FORAGE: A Sustainable Photography Exhibition Opening June 7th at Cass Gallery

Buffalo, NY, – May 13, 2024 –

The Center for Exploratory & Perceptual Arts (CEPA Gallery) is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition in collaboration with photographic artist and doctoral researcher Alice Cazenave, FORAGE: A Sustainable Photography Exhibition. Please join us for the opening reception on June 7, 2024, from 5 – 8 PM in The Cass Gallery at 500 Seneca. 

Photography changed the world in complex and unpredictable ways. This exhibition explores the lesser-celebrated elements of the Kodak industry – its chemical legacy. Acknowledging the toxicity of film photography, the exhibited works were created using plant-based photo-chemistries. The plants used were foraged from neighborhoods in Rochester New York, home of Kodak.  They include species growing in Kodak’s contaminated industrial complex, as well as Eastman Mansion (founder of Kodak). The show uses plants to think about where toxicity pools and how Kodak shaped Rochester today. The story is complex and the exhibited works form part of a multi-year engagement with these issues as part of Cazenave’s PhD research.

All of the photographs in the exhibition were printed using photo-chemistry made with foraged plants. The show includes black and white photographs of Kodak’s now empty parking lots, as well as Rochester arts institutions. These were developed in plants foraged from a toxic Kodak landfill. The window maps an alternative history of Kodak, linking together contaminants, neighborhoods, institutions and Haudenosaunee lands that form an alternative history of Kodak. Plant-developed film negatives are accompanied by jars of plant matter used to develop them.

The exhibition also features a documentary film featuring @sustainabledarkroom artists. The Sustainable Darkroom is an international artist community working with ecologically-minded photographic methods. The project is run by London-based artists Alice Cazenave, Hannah Fletcher and Edd Carr.

The Sustainable Darkroom started as a research group under London Alternative Photography Collective, since 2021 it has been operating as an independent organization. To see more of what they do, check out

The Sustainable Darkroom is an artist run research, training and mutual learning programme, to equip cultural practitioners with new skills and knowledge to develop an environmentally friendly photographic darkroom practice.

Also featured are photographic works by CEPA staff and students, Nate Ely, Robert George, Curtis Kreutter, Kenny Budziszewski, Max Weiner, Adnan Hossain. These works were made during a workshop at CEPA as part of the Photography Works Mentorship Program.

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Located in Buffalo’s historic Market Arcade Complex, CEPA Gallery is a contemporary photography and visual arts center with impact in both local and national communities. With three galleries of changing exhibits and events, multimedia public art installations, arts education programs, and an open-access darkroom and digital photo lab, CEPA creates a vibrant presence in the heart of downtown Buffalo. For Gallery hours and more information, visit our website

Curtis Kreutter