TWO EXHIBITS: Houston and Tbilisi

April 12, 2014
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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Blackbirds,” in two group exhibitions “Ladies Only” at the Tbilisi, Georgia, Museum of Modern Art, and “Dreamscapes,” part of Houston FotoFest Biennial

Please join me in congratulating Rebecca whose work will be in two different cities — Tbilisi, Georgia and Houston, Texas, USA — in two group exhibitions:  “DREAMSCAPES,” a three-person show curated by Jean Caslin and Diane Griffin Gregory that’s part of Houston FotoFest Biennial 2014 that opened last week through August 2014, and “LADIES ONLY,” a group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Tbilisi, Georgia, of more than 30 women photographers curated by the incomparable Cologne, German curator Tina Schelhorn, that opens the first week in May. —Alex Webb

Link to DREAMSCAPE exhibition.

  • SCHOLARSHIP JUST ANNOUNCED FOR “FINDING YOUR VISION @ FESTIWAL LODZ” FOR A POLISH PHOTOGRAPHER SPONSORED BY MAGNUM PHOTOS AND DIGITAL CAMERA POLSKA.  DEADLINE MAY 12.  MORE INFORMATION HERE.
  • —A FEW SPACES LEFT IN THE FIRST WEBB WORKSHOP IN POLAND, a four-day MAGNUM PHOTOS WORKSHOP coinciding with the FOTOFESTIWAL LODZ in early June. . MORE INFORMATION HERE.

     

 

 

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “One-Room Schoolhouse,” “Ghost Mountain,” and “The Sky Below” from “Dreamscapes,” Houston

 

 

ALEX AND REBECCA’S UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

—FIRST WEBB WORKSHOP IN POLAND JUST ANNOUNCED.  This four-day MAGNUM PHOTOS WORKSHOP will coincide with the FOTOFESTIWAL LODZ in early June.  Space is limited, and this workshop is expected to sell out rather quickly:

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8V31HKN&IID=2K1HRG5YYKK6&PN=31

—NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: FINDING YOUR VISION: SAN FRANCISCO, SAT. AUG. 23 THRU WED. AUG. 27, 2014, Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco: For more information, please contact Alex and Rebecca:

webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

——Saturday May 3 thru Friday May 10, FINDING YOUR VISION, NEW YORK.

——DUE TO A CANCELLATION, THERE’S NOW ONE SPOT left in this annual May workshop. To apply, please contact Alex and Rebecca directly at this email:

webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

 

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Jellyfish, Mystic, Connecticut,” from the book, “The Glass Between Us,” and the “Dreamscapes” exhibition in Houston thru August 2014

 

LINKS, REVIEWS, ARTICLES, AND MORE:

——LINK TO AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE MAY/JUNE 2014:

http://www.americanphotomag.com/article/2014/04/alex-and-rebecca-norris-webb-rochester-reverie

——Link to NEW YORK TIMES LENS blog Q&A with Jim Estrin & Alex and Mound Bayou slide show:

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/alex-webb-looks-back-in-black-and-white/?smid=tw-share

——ALEX’S PHOTOGRAPHS FROM INDIA’S KUMBH MELA IN FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/kumbh-mela/spinney-text

“Rochester, in upstate New York, has been the home of Kodak since the company’s start in 1888. When it declared bankruptcy in 2012, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb decided to use film made by the company to shoot the city. For the project, Webb used his last rolls of Kodachrome, the famous but now-discontinued film, developing it as hazy black and white since its special color process is no longer available. The results look like any struggling but hopeful city, quiet but proud.”—Rebecca Robertson, ART News

http://www.artnews.com/2014/02/13/11-edgy-art-books-document-the-bizarre-bygone-and-adorable/

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AMERICAN PHOTO: Memory City

April 4, 2014
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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Amanda and Her Flower Girl Dress,” from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books/Thames&Hudson, June 2014

“For their project Memory City, photographers Rebecca Norris Webb and her husband Alex Webb traveled to Rochester, New York—the home of Eastman Kodak for 125 years—to document the city in the wake of the company’s bankruptcy in 2012 and to pay tribute to their respective relationships to analog imagery.

Both photographers used Kodak film for this project. Her husband shot with Koda­chrome, his sole medium for more than 30 years; its once-vibrant color can now be processed only with black-and-white chemistry, giving it a distressed look he likens to fading memories. Norris Webb, who still uses film for all her work, used Portra, inspired by an analogy of the medium as a woman’s special-occasion outfit—memorable, but fleeting, worn only once. ‘I think it’s the tactile quality that I’ll miss most when I have to eventually switch to digital,” she says. “That slip of celluloid that’s accompanied me to every moment I’ve ever photographed, like a delicate yet indelible dress.’

Norris Webb’s portraits of Rochester women include the image shown here, of the Webbs’ former assistant, Amanda Webster. She and her family reflect the city’s past and present in photography: Her father and grand­father both worked for Kodak, and Amanda is currently studying photog­raphy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Norris Webb photo­graphed her in her grandmother’s house in the 14621 neighbohood—known by its zip code, it’s one of the most ethnically diverse in the city—in the spring of 2012, holding a dress she had worn to an uncle’s wedding.”—Jill C. Shomer, American Photo Magazine, May-June 2014 issue

LINK TO AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE MAY/JUNE 2014: 

http://www.americanphotomag.com/article/2014/04/alex-and-rebecca-norris-webb-rochester-reverie

ALEX AND REBECCA’S UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

—FIRST WEBB WORKSHOP IN POLAND JUST ANNOUNCED.  This four-day MAGNUM PHOTOS WORKSHOP will coincide with the FOTOFESTIWAL LODZ in early June.  Space is limited, and this workshop is expected to sell out rather quickly:

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8V31HKN&IID=2K1HRG5YYKK6&PN=31

—NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: FINDING YOUR VISION: SAN FRANCISCO, SAT. AUG. 23 THRU WED. AUG. 27, 2014, Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco: For more information, please contact Alex and Rebecca:

webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

——Saturday May 3 thru Friday May 10, FINDING YOUR VISION, NEW YORK.

——DUE TO A CANCELLATION, THERE’S NOW ONE SPOT left in this annual May workshop. To apply, please contact Alex and Rebecca directly at this email:

webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

LINKS, REVIEWS, ARTICLES, AND MORE:

——Link to NEW YORK TIMES LENS blog Q&A with Jim Estrin & Alex and Mound Bayou slide show:

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/alex-webb-looks-back-in-black-and-white/?smid=tw-share

——ALEX’S PHOTOGRAPHS FROM INDIA’S KUMBH MELA IN FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/kumbh-mela/spinney-text

“Rochester, in upstate New York, has been the home of Kodak since the company’s start in 1888. When it declared bankruptcy in 2012, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb decided to use film made by the company to shoot the city. For the project, Webb used his last rolls of Kodachrome, the famous but now-discontinued film, developing it as hazy black and white since its special color process is no longer available. The results look like any struggling but hopeful city, quiet but proud.”—Rebecca Robertson, ART News

http://www.artnews.com/2014/02/13/11-edgy-art-books-document-the-bizarre-bygone-and-adorable/

FIRST WEBB WORKSHOP IN POLAND

March 31, 2014
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©Alex Webb from “The Suffering of Light,” Aperture and Thames and Hudson

“We do not really know what draws a human being out into the world. Is it curiosity? A hunger for experience? An addiction to wonderment? The man who ceases to be astonished is hollow, possessed of an extinguished heart. If he believes that everything has already happened, that he has seen it all, then something most precious has died within him—the delight in life.” ― the Polish writer Ryszard Kapuściński, one of Alex’s favorite writers

FIRST WEBB WORKSHOP IN POLAND JUST ANNOUNCED.  This four-day MAGNUM PHOTOS WORKSHOP will coincide with the FOTOFESTIWAL LODZ in early June.  Space is limited, and this workshop is expected to sell out rather quickly:

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8V31HKN&IID=2K1HRG5YYKK6&PN=31

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©Rebecca Norris Webb from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books, US, Thames and Hudson, Europe, June 2014

 

“Rochester, in upstate New York, has been the home of Kodak since the company’s start in 1888. When it declared bankruptcy in 2012, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb decided to use film made by the company to shoot the city. For the project, Webb used his last rolls of Kodachrome, the famous but now-discontinued film, developing it as hazy black and white since its special color process is no longer available. The results look like any struggling but hopeful city, quiet but proud.”—Rebecca Robertson, ART News

http://www.artnews.com/2014/02/13/11-edgy-art-books-document-the-bizarre-bygone-and-adorable/

ALEX AND REBECCA’S UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

—NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: FINDING YOUR VISION: SAN FRANCISCO, SAT. AUG. 23 THRU WED. AUG. 27, 2014, Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco: For more information, please contact Alex and Rebecca:

webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

——Saturday May 3 thru Friday May 10, FINDING YOUR VISION, NEW YORK.

——DUE TO A CANCELLATION, THERE’S NOW ONE SPOT left in this annual May workshop. To apply, please contact Alex and Rebecca directly at this email:

webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

——Finding Your Vision @ FOTOFESTIWAL LODZ, POLAND, a four-day MAGNUM PHOTOS WORKSHOP, Sunday June 1-Wed. June 4th: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8V31HKN&IID=2K1HRG5YYKK6&PN=31

LINKS, REVIEWS, ARTICLES, AND MORE:

——Link to NEW YORK TIMES LENS blog Q&A with Jim Estrin & Alex and Mound Bayou slide show:

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/alex-webb-looks-back-in-black-and-white/?smid=tw-share

——ALEX’S PHOTOGRAPHS FROM INDIA’S KUMBH MELA IN FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/kumbh-mela/spinney-text

 

VIOLET ISLE: New Book in London

March 26, 2014

 

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©Rebecca Norris Webb photograph of pigeon from Havana, originally from the Radius Book, “Violet Isle” (with Alex Webb). This spread is in the new book, “Hungry Still”

“There are two kinds of people in the world — mango people and papaya people,” my sister-in-law, the noted ornithological illustrator Sophie Webb, once told us with a smile.

Each morning in Havana, Alex and I would share breakfast. When it was in season, fresh papaya was Alex’s choice, fresh mango mine. After the meal, we’d go our separate ways — he to photograph the streets of Havana, I to visit yet another Cuban menagerie, which, in Havana was usually a collection of birds, from rooftop pigeon coops to fighting roosters, from commonly caged birds, such as lovebirds and parakeets, to a wilder variety, such as hawks or woodpeckers.

Both of us never ceased to be surprised by the generosity of the Cubans we met. No matter how poor they were, many invited us into their homes to offer us a cup of that rich dark café cubano sweetened by local azúcar.”—Rebecca Norris Webb, from “Hungry Still,” SLIDELUCK POTSHOW London’s new book.

So nice to see “Violet Isle” is in such good company in “Hungry Still,” a book celebrating SLIDELUCK POTSHOW London 5th anniversary with photos and recipes by photographers Cristina de Middel, Sebastian Liste, Phil Toledano, Bryan Schutmaat, among others.

 

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©Alex Webb, Dancehall, Lake Ontario, Rochester, NY, from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books, June 2014

“Rochester, in upstate New York, has been the home of Kodak since the company’s start in 1888. When it declared bankruptcy in 2012, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb decided to use film made by the company to shoot the city. For the project, Webb used his last rolls of Kodachrome, the famous but now-discontinued film, developing it as hazy black and white since its special color process is no longer available. The results look like any struggling but hopeful city, quiet but proud.”—Rebecca Robertson, ART News

http://www.artnews.com/2014/02/13/11-edgy-art-books-document-the-bizarre-bygone-and-adorable/

ALEX AND REBECCA’S UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

—NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: FINDING YOUR VISION: SAN FRANCISCO, SAT. AUG. 23 THRU WED. AUG. 27, 2014, Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco: For more information, please contact Alex and Rebecca: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

——Saturday May 3 thru Friday May 10, FINDING YOUR VISION, NEW YORK.

——DUE TO A CANCELLATION, THERE’S NOW ONE SPOT left in this annual workshop. For more information including how to enroll, please visit: 

https://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8HF290Z&IID=2K1HRG8E8ABS&PN=3

——Finding Your Vision @ Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm, Saturday, June 7th-Wed. June 11, 2014:

http://fotografiska.eu/kurser/kurs/alex-webb-and-rebecca-norris-webb/  THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL; WAIT LIST ONLY

LINKS, REVIEWS, ARTICLES, AND MORE:

——Link to NEW YORK TIMES LENS blog Q&A with Jim Estrin & Alex and Mound Bayou slide show:

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/alex-webb-looks-back-in-black-and-white/?smid=tw-share

——ALEX’S PHOTOGRAPHS FROM INDIA’S KUMBH MELA IN FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/kumbh-mela/spinney-text

 

MEMORY CITY: On Press

March 17, 2014
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©Alex Webb, “Memory City” (with Rebecca Norris Webb), first cover printed on press in Hong Kong, March 2014

We’d like to thank RADIUS BOOKS creative director David Chickey for his help on press in Hong Kong for the printing of our upcoming “Memory City” book.  Always a delight to hold that first unbound copy in one’s hands…We hope in the next few weeks to have photos of the first bound copy.—Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

“Rochester, in upstate New York, has been the home of Kodak since the company’s start in 1888. When it declared bankruptcy in 2012, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb decided to use film made by the company to shoot the city. For the project, Webb used his last rolls of Kodachrome, the famous but now-discontinued film, developing it as hazy black and white since its special color process is no longer available. The results look like any struggling but hopeful city, quiet but proud.”—Rebecca Robertson, ART News

http://www.artnews.com/2014/02/13/11-edgy-art-books-document-the-bizarre-bygone-and-adorable/

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©Alex Webb, Rebecca on press in Hong Kong, March 2014

ALEX AND REBECCA’S UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

NEW WORKSHOP JUST ADDED: Finding Your Vision @ Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm, Saturday, June 7th-Wed. June 11, 2014:  http://fotografiska.eu/kurser/kurs/alex-webb-and-rebecca-norris-webb/

——Saturday May 3 thru Friday May 10, FINDING YOUR VISION, NEW YORK.  

DUE TO A CANCELLATION, THERE’S NOW ONE SPOT left in this annual workshop. For more information including how to enroll, please visit: https://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8HF290Z&IID=2K1HRG8E8ABS&PN=3

LINKS, REVIEWS, ARTICLES, AND MORE:

——Link to NEW YORK TIMES LENS blog Q&A with Jim Estrin & Alex and Mound Bayou slide show:

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/alex-webb-looks-back-in-black-and-white/?smid=tw-share

——ALEX’S PHOTOGRAPHS FROM INDIA’S KUMBH MELA IN FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/kumbh-mela/spinney-text

Memory City in ART News

February 17, 2014
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©Alex Webb, “Dancehall, Lake Ontario, Rochester, NY, 2013,” from “Memory City” (with Rebecca Norris Webb), Radius Books, late spring 2014

“Rochester, in upstate New York, has been the home of Kodak since the company’s start in 1888. When it declared bankruptcy in 2012, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb decided to use film made by the company to shoot the city. For the project, Webb used his last rolls of Kodachrome, the famous but now-discontinued film, developing it as hazy black and white since its special color process is no longer available. The results look like any struggling but hopeful city, quiet but proud.”—Rebecca Robertson, ART News

http://www.artnews.com/2014/02/13/11-edgy-art-books-document-the-bizarre-bygone-and-adorable/

TO PRE-ORDER “MEMORY CITY” FROM RADIUS BOOKS (both trade edition and limited edition): 

http://radiusbooks.org/7430/alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb-memory-city/

NEW WORKSHOP JUST ADDED: Finding Your Vision @ Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm, Saturday, June 7th-Wed. June 11, 2014:  http://fotografiska.eu/kurser/kurs/alex-webb-and-rebecca-norris-webb/

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Blue Secondhand Prom Dress, Rochester, NY, 2012,” from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books, late spring 2014

LINKS, REVIEWS, ARTICLES, WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS AND MORE:

——Link to NEW YORK TIMES LENS blog Q&A with Jim Estrin & Alex and Mound Bayou slide show:

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/alex-webb-looks-back-in-black-and-white/?smid=tw-share

——ALEX’S PHOTOGRAPHS FROM INDIA’S KUMBH MELA IN FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/kumbh-mela/spinney-text

——Saturday May 3 thru Friday May 10, FINDING YOUR VISION, NEW YORK.  ONLY ONE SPOT left in this annual workshop. For more information including how to enroll, please visit: 

https://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8HF290Z&IID=2K1HRG8E8ABS&PN=3

——Friday, Dec. 13 thru Feb. 22, 2014: BEFORE THE SHIFT: The Early Black-and-White Work of Alex Webb, Lynne Cohen, Martin Parr, and Stephen Shore at at the Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago; opening reception with Alex, Friday, Dec. 13, 5:30-8pm:

http://www.stephendaitergallery.com/dynamic/exhibit_display.asp?EventID=2&Exhibit=Currrent&ExhibitID=175

 

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©Alex Webb, “Mound Bayou, Mississippi, 1976,” reprinted in the NYTimes Lens Blog

TWO LOOKS: NYTimes, Nat’l Geographic

February 11, 2014
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©Alex Webb, Mound Bayou, Mississippi, 1976

Q. Jim Estrin, New York Times Lens Blog:

Had you ever been to Mississippi before? Was it similar to anything you had seen before or different?

A.  Alex Webb:

It was my first trip to Mississippi. I had photographed in some small towns in Alabama prior to visiting Mound Bayou; however, those towns were segregated — unlike Mound Bayou, there were no black town officials, no black police officers, and if there were black-owned businesses, they were in the black part of town.

Visiting Mound Bayou for the first time, I was completely unprepared for the intensity of the emotional experience of being welcomed and embraced by a culture so different than my own. I recall one moment when Ellie, the woman whom I first met at Smitty’s, suddenly turned to me, reached up and put her two hands on either side of my head and said, “I ain’t never touched the hair of a white man before.” Needless to say, as a young, white kid from Cambridge, Mass., I was stunned and deeply moved.

Link to read the rest of the Q&A with Jim Estrin and see the complete Mound Bayou slide show:

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/alex-webb-looks-back-in-black-and-white/?smid=tw-share

ALEX’S PHOTOGRAPHS FROM INDIA’S KUMBH MELA IN FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE:

 

 

 

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/kumbh-mela/spinney-text

 

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©Alex Webb, Kumbh Mela in February 2014 issue of National Geographic Magazine

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS,  AND TALKS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA:

——Saturday May 3 thru Friday May 10, FINDING YOUR VISION, NEW YORK.  A few spots left in this annual workshop. For more information including how to enroll, please visit: 

https://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8HF290Z&IID=2K1HRG8E8ABS&PN=3

——Friday, Dec. 13 thru Feb. 22, 2014: BEFORE THE SHIFT: The Early Black-and-White Work of Alex Webb, Lynne Cohen, Martin Parr, and Stephen Shore at at the Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago; opening reception with Alex, Friday, Dec. 13, 5:30-8pm:

http://www.stephendaitergallery.com/dynamic/exhibit_display.asp?EventID=2&Exhibit=Currrent&ExhibitID=175

 

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, Junipers, from A Field Guide to Silence

A shelter

or a ship

these junipers?

 

A black bough flies into the night.

Now even the snow

is the shadow of an owl.

—Rebecca Norris Webb, from “A Field Guide to Silence”

MIAMI: GALLERY TALK

January 6, 2014
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©Alex Webb, from “The Suffering of Light”

PLEASE JOIN US: Free public gallery talk of the “Together and Apart: Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb” exhibition on FRIDAY, JANUARY 17th, at the LEICA STORE MIAMI, from 7-8:30.—Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

For more information, including how to apply online to the weekend workshop Jan. 17-19 in Miami, which is nearly sold-out: http://www.leicastoremiami.com/collections/workshops-classes-and-trips/products/alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb-workshop-finding-your-vision-fri-sat-sun-jan-17-19-2014

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS, AND TALKS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA:

——Friday Jan. 17 thru Sunday Jan. 19, FINDING YOUR VISION @ LEICA STORE MIAMI.  Only a few spaces left in this new weekend workshop in Miami.  For more more information, including how to enroll, please visit: 

http://www.leicastoremiami.com/collections/workshops-classes-and-trips/products/alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb-workshop-finding-your-vision-fri-sat-sun-jan-17-19-2014

——Saturday May 3 thru Friday May 10, FINDING YOUR VISION, NEW YORK.  For more information including how to enroll, please visit: 

http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/#mi=4&pt=0&pi=3

——Friday, Dec. 13 thru Feb. 22, 2014: BEFORE THE SHIFT: The Early Black-and-White Work of Alex Webb, Lynne Cohen, Martin Parr, and Stephen Shore at at the Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago; opening reception with Alex, Friday, Dec. 13, 5:30-8pm:

http://www.stephendaitergallery.com/dynamic/exhibit_display.asp?EventID=2&Exhibit=Currrent&ExhibitID=175

——Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 thru Feb. 2, 2014, “My Dakota” and “Violet Isle” at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL:

“Violet Isle”: 

http://www.smponline.org/ex_webb_violet.html#.Unzv1I3z0XQ

“My Dakota”: 

http://www.smponline.org/ex_webb_dakota.html#.UlVhFBZqN4Y

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, from “Violet Isle” at Leica Store Miami and Southeast Museum of Photography thru the end of January 2014

THREE SHOWS: Chicago, New Orleans, Miami

December 13, 2013
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©Alex Webb, “Matamoros, Mexico, 1978″ from BEFORE THE SHIFT at Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, thru Feb. 22, 2014

——Friday, Dec. 13 thru Feb. 22, 2014: BEFORE THE SHIFT: The Early Black-and-White Work of Alex Webb, Lynne Cohen, Martin Parr, and Stephen Shore at at the Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago; opening reception with Alex, Friday, Dec. 13, 5:30-8pm:

http://www.stephendaitergallery.com/dynamic/exhibit_display.asp?EventID=2&Exhibit=Currrent&ExhibitID=175

——”My Dakota” is featured in the UNFOLDING IMAGES exhibition in New Orleans curated by Pier 24′sSeth Curcio — along with books by Sharon Harper, Louie Palu, Bryan Schutmaat, Aaron Huey, and Justin Kimball among others, thru Dec. 30, 2013: :http://cacno.org/exhibitions/unfolding-images

My Dakota jacket

——THRU JANUARY 30, 2014: “TOGETHER AND APART: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” Leica Store Miami.  Artist talk/walk through of the exhibition on Friday, January 17, 2014, an event free and open to the public.  For more information, including how to apply to the weekend workshop midJanuary in Miami:

http://www.leicastoremiami.com/collections/workshops-classes-and-trips/products/alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb-workshop-finding-your-vision-fri-sat-sun-jan-17-19-2014

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©Alex Webb, Sancti Spiritus, 1993, from “Together and Apart” (with Rebecca Norris Webb) at the Leica Store Miami thru Jan. 30, 2014

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS, AND TALKS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA:

——Friday Jan. 17 thru Sunday Jan. 19, FINDING YOUR VISION @ LEICA STORE MIAMI.  Only a few spaces left in this new weekend workshop in Miami.  For more more information, including how to enroll, please visit: 

http://www.leicastoremiami.com/collections/workshops-classes-and-trips/products/alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb-workshop-finding-your-vision-fri-sat-sun-jan-17-19-2014

——Saturday May 3 thru Friday May 10, FINDING YOUR VISION, NEW YORK.  For more information including how to enroll, please visit: 

http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/#mi=4&pt=0&pi=3

——Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 thru Feb. 2, 2014, “My Dakota” and “Violet Isle” at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL:

“Violet Isle”: 

http://www.smponline.org/ex_webb_violet.html#.Unzv1I3z0XQ

“My Dakota”: 

http://www.smponline.org/ex_webb_dakota.html#.UlVhFBZqN4Y

PUBLIC TALKS IN JANUARY:  Gallery talk/walk through at the Leica Store Miami, Friday Jan. 17, 2014, 7-8:30pm, an event free and open to the public: http://www.leicastoremiami.com/collections/workshops-classes-and-trips/products/alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb-workshop-finding-your-vision-fri-sat-sun-jan-17-19-2014

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Together and Apart” (with Alex Webb) at the Leica Store Miami thru Jan. 30, 2014

BLOW Photo Magazine: Animal Issue

November 26, 2013
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Rebecca Norris Webb, Istanbul, 2003, from “The Glass Between Us,” in the special animal issue of the Irish BLOW Photo Magazine

Congratulations to Rebecca for having a selection of “The Glass Between Us” featured in the Irish BLOW Photo Magazine’s special issue about animals.  You can read the editor introduction to the issue here: http://www.blowphotomagazine.com/issues/issue-nine/  You will also find an excerpt from the magazine’s Q&A with her below.—Alex Webb

Blow: What did your experience making this series teach you about animals and about people’s relationships to them in cities?

RNW: In the U.S. alone, more people visit zoos than all paid sporting events combined, which is a startling and thought-provoking fact. Looking back at The Glass Between Us, I hope my exploration of this complex relationship between people and animals in cities helps to illuminate some of its many facets and, hopefully, begins to raise questions about zoos, aquariums, and natural history museums, and our need for them.

Some of the images in this series evoke the aestheticized surfaces — such as colorful, hand-painted murals or dioramas — that often seduce us when we visit these places.  Others suggest something darker lurking beneath the surface, such as the hint of violence or suffering, as in this photograph of an agitated lion pausing between rounds of his thunderous, insistent bellowing in his tight quarters at the Istanbul zoo.  Other photographs raise questions of identity  — that blurry boundary between human beings and animals — such as this somewhat abstracted image from a natural history museum in Turin.  At first glance, it looks eerily like a pregnant woman with a tail, when, in fact, it’s actually an antiquated giraffe specimen that’s been crudely sewn.

Yet, sometimes it’s a sense of wonder that my camera captures, such as this image of the two shy Muslim women mesmerized by the jellyfish at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Since this book focuses on the complicated relationship between people and animals in cities, wonder is definitely part of that complex equation.  “Wonderment never quite gets used to whatever it is looking at,” notes the critic Charles Baxter.

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Turin, Italy, 2003″ from “The Glass Between Us” in the November issue of Blow Photo Magazine

Leica Store Miami/Artisan Obscura Scholarship

One tuition-free scholarship to attend the upcoming Finding Your Vision @ Leica Store Miami weekend workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, Jan. 17-19, 2014

Open to all photographers 18 and older, professionals and serious amateurs alike.  Work by all kinds of photographers will be considered — from art photographers to documentary photographers, from college students to seasoned professionals — the only stipulation being that none of the images submitted have been dramatically altered digitally.

Scholarship Application Opens: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Deadline: Friday, November 29, 2013

Notification of winner: Saturday, December 7, 2013 

JUDGES: MaryAnne Golon, Washington Post Director of Photography and photographers Maggie Steber, Alex Webb, and Rebecca Norris Webb

TO ENROLL:  Please submit the following materials to the email address — webbnorriswebb@gmail.com — and write WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIP on the subject line.

A. In the email, please include the following as a single word doc:

1. Name and email

2. 100 word statement about your series or project

3. 100 word bio, which includes your photographic background and website or online link to your photographs

4. Two names and emails of references of people familiar with your photographic work, such as professors, workshop teachers, fellow photographers, editors, curators, publishers.

B. Additionally, in this email please also attach 10 small jpgs from one project or series, each image10 inches on the longest side, 72 dpi

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, from “Violet Isle” (with Alex Webb) at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL, thru Feb. 2, 2014
“Our landscapes contain every part of us, Webb seems to say, the broken and the whole.”—Scott Gast, Orion Magazine review of “My Dakota,” November/December 2013 issue

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS, AND TALKS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA:

——Friday Jan. 17 thru Sunday Jan. 19, FINDING YOUR VISION @ LEICA STORE MIAMI.  Places are limited in this new weekend workshop in Miami.  For more more information, including how to enroll, please visit: 

http://www.leicastoremiami.com/collections/workshops-classes-and-trips/products/alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb-workshop-finding-your-vision-fri-sat-sun-jan-17-19-2014

——Saturday May 3 thru Friday May 10, FINDING YOUR VISION, NEW YORK.  For more information including how to enroll, please visit: 

http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/#mi=4&pt=0&pi=3

——Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 thru Feb. 2, 2014, “My Dakota” and “Violet Isle” at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL:

“Violet Isle”: 

http://www.smponline.org/ex_webb_violet.html#.Unzv1I3z0XQ

“My Dakota”: 

http://www.smponline.org/ex_webb_dakota.html#.UlVhFBZqN4Y

PUBLIC TALKS IN DECEMBER:  Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Leica Store Miami and Thursday, Dec. 5th at the Miami Street Photography Festival

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©RNW, “Mystic, Ct.,” from “The Glass Between Us”


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