NEW YORK TIMES LENS BLOG: There aren’t that many South Dakotans, What characteristics contribute to South Dakota-ness?
REBECCA NORRIS WEBB: This month is the 40th anniversary of the Rapid City flood, the fifth worst flood in the nation’s history that claimed 238 lives. Besides this rare flash flood, South Dakota blizzards, hail storms, and brutal winds are the stuff of legends. I’ve yet to meet a South Dakotan who hasn’t been humbled at least once by the weather.
NYTLB: You’re a New Yorker now. How are Dakotans different from New Yorkers?
RNW: Remember waking up during those New York City blizzards of January 2011, when all you’d hear was the muffled sound of snow falling? Remember how the whole city seemed to be moving in slow motion? That sense of being dominated by the weather is a little like what it feels to be a South Dakotan.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA: JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
––THURSDAY, JUNE 21, RICCO MARESCA GALLERY, NY: “Weather,” a group exhibition with a selection of photographs from MY DAKOTA, 6-8 pm. The exhibition runs through August 17.
RAPID CITY, SD
––JUNE-SEPTEMBER 2012: Launch of OUR DAKOTA Flickr site, an online photographic community This Flickr group is open to all photographers 15 and older with a present or past connection to South Dakota. Here is the link to the first assignment. There will be three assignments posted during the course of the “My Dakota” exhibition at the Dahl, and the group will culminate in an “Our Dakota” slide show to be show both at the SD Festival of Books in Sioux Falls the last week in September 2012 and at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City on Friday, Oct. 5th, at 7pm.
––TUESDAY, AUGUST 7TH: “Slide Talk with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb” at the “My Dakota” exhibition at the Dahl. 11:30-12:30pm. Brown bag lunch event in the Ruth Brennan Gallery. Free and open to the public. Rapid City Journal article about “My Dakota” written by Deanna Darr in the “Black Hills 2 Go” weekend section.
June 1-30, 2012. “The Suffering of Light: 30 Years of Photographs,” at the Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
TUESDAY, JULY 7-8pm:“Together and Apart: The Photographs of Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb,” Schermer Hall, Anderson Ranch Campus, Snowmass, Colorado. Q&A with the Webbs and book signing of “The Suffering of Light” and “My Dakota” to follow.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA
Sunday, Oct. 21st through Sat., Oct. 27th, 2012: PROJECT WORKSHOP 2012 @ CAPTION GALLERY, DUMBO, BROOKLYN. A small intimate workshop where participants spend a week editing and sequencing a long-term project, working on the text for it, and working with a designer on a cover. There will also be presentations about bookmaking including one by a photo book editor or publisher. Former students are invited to apply, but other photographers will be considered as well. This small workshop is almost full, so please contact Rebecca as soon as possible if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex’s interview with Geoff Dyer at the LOOK3 Photography Festival featured on The New York Times Magazine’s blog, THE SIXTH FLOOR.
–Link to “My Dakota,” which was recently featured on the New Yorker Photo Booth blog.
–Link to “My Dakota” at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, June 1-Oct. 13, 2012.
–Link to “My Dakota” on Aperture’s Exposures blog.