Posts Tagged ‘Memory City’

MEMORY CITY BOOK PARTY: July 24

July 14, 2014

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MEMORY CITY is” both melancholy and charming, and show[s] a city mourning the business that sustained it, not without pride.” from the NEW STATEMAN, selected as the BOOK OF THE WEEK, 18 July 2014.

WORKSHOP UPDATE

DUE TO A LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION, THERE’S ONE SPOT LEFT: 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: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8FXV4N7&IID=2K1HRG5YJO83&PN=35

ONE SPOT LEFT: PHOTO PROJECT 2014, NYC, Sunday Oct. 26-Sat. Nov. 1, 2014. This intimate bookmaking workshop is open to only 10 photographers. To learn more, including how to apply click here. Or email Alex and Rebecca for more information: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24TH, SAN FRANCISCO: LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING AT THE INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS, 7:30-9PM, AN EVENT THAT’S FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, BOSTON: MEMORY CITY ARTIST RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING, ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY, 2-5PM

FRIDAY, OCT. 3: BOSTON: SLANT RHYMES: ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB PHOTORAPHS, ARS LIBRI, 5-7PM, in conjunction with Boston First Fridays.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7: CHICAGO: MEMORY CITY ARTIST RECEPTION, STEPHEN DAITER GALLERY

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©Alex Webb, “St. Patrick’s Day,” from Memory City (with Rebecca Norris Webb), published in the 18 July 14 issue of New Statesman

MEMORY CITY: TIME and NY TIMES

June 24, 2014

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“When Alex Webb was photographing at the Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester, N.Y., a man turned to the Magnum photographer, looked at his digital Leica and said: “You know, I designed the sensor for that camera.”

…Today’s Kodak bears little resemblance to the cultural and technological icon it once was. At its peak, Kodak controlled 90 percent of the film photography market, with sales reaching $10 billion. By 2012, when that number had shrunk to $3.5 billion, Kodak entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, sold off its digital sensor division and exited the one business on which it built its brand: film photography.”—Olivier Laurent, from “Memory City: A Eulogy for Rochester, Kodak’s Company Town,” on Time LightBox

 

Read more: ‘Memory City’: A Eulogy for Rochester, Kodak’s Company Town – LightBox
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©Alex Webb, “Dancehall, Lake Ontario,” from “Memory City” with Rebecca Norris Webb, Radius Books, June 2014

“…[I]f every book has its own music — a big book is perhaps like a symphony, a small one like a sonata — ‘Memory City’s’ music would be at times rough and dissonant, at other times melodic, but ultimately bluesy and soulful, reflecting our sense of — and affection for — this complicated and troubled city.”—Alex Webb from the NYTimes Lens Blog interview with Rebecca Norris Webb by Jim Estrin Read more: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/in-kodak-alex-webb-rochester-rebecca-norris-webb-photos-memory/
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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “New Mother Brienna,” from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books, June 2014

UPCOMING MEMORY CITY EVENTS

—MEMORY CITY exhibiton at Gallery R, June 18-July 3, 2014, in conjuction with the Visual Studies Workshop Photo-BookWorks Symposium in Rochester, NY. Public lecture at VSW (ticketed event , see below) on Thursday, June 26at 6pm, followed by exhibition reception and book signing @ Gallery R: 7:30-9:30pm. For more information: http://vsw.org/MemoryCity.php

 

—MEMORY CITY BOOK PARTY at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, 529 W. 20th, 3d Floor, on Thursday, July 24, from 6-8pm, a book launch and signing in conjunction with Radius Books and the Chelsea Art Walk. For more information: http://www.riccomaresca.com or http://radiusbooks.org/7430/alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb-memory-city/

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MEMORY CITY: Summer Events

June 21, 2014
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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “New Mother Brienna,” from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books/Thames and Hudson, June 23, 2014

UPCOMING  SUMMER EVENTS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA

  • FREE PUBLIC EVENTS

—MEMORY CITY exhibiton at Gallery R, June 18-July 3, 2014, in conjuction with the Visual Studies Workshop Photo-BookWorks Symposium in Rochester, NY. Public lecture at VSW (ticketed event , see below) on Thursday, June 26at 6pm, followed by exhibition reception and book signing @ Gallery R: 7:30-9:30pm. For more information: http://vsw.org/MemoryCity.php

MEMORY CITY BOOK PARTY at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, 529 W. 20th, 4th Floor, on Thursday, July 24, from 5-8pm, a book launch and signing in conjunction with Radius Books and the Chelsea Art Walk. For more information: http://www.riccomaresca.com or http://artwalkchelsea.com/events/ or http://radiusbooks.org/7430/alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb-memory-city/ “TOGETHER AND APART: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” slide talk, Q&A, and book signing on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 7:30-9pm at the INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS, San Francisco (NOTICE TIME CHANGE FROM MAGNUM SITE). The Webbs will be signing copies of their two new joint books at this free public event,

—MEMORY CITY and ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB ON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE POETIC IMAGE. To reserve a copy ahead of time for this event, please email Trent Davis Bailey: trentdavisbailey@gmail.com (Please write “WEBB BOOK ORDER” on the subject line of the email).  For more information: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8FXV4N7&IID=2K1HRG5YJO83&PN=35

  • TICKETED EVENTS

—MEMORY CITY lecture at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, with Alex and Rebecca on the making of their new collaborative book, “Memory City,” on Thursday, June 26th,at 6pm, a ticketed event that’s part of the Visual Studies Workshop Photo-BookWorks Symposium, that includes talks, book signings and other events with Mark Klett, John Gossage, Gerry Badger, Jason Fulford and others. To buy tickets to the entire VSW symposium, including the Memory City lecture: http://vsw.org/Photo-Bookworks.php

—For those who’d like to support the Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund and other programs by paying $25 to attend the “Magnum Secrets” fundraiser at Aperture Foundation on Wed., 25th, Alex and Rebecca will be signing MEMORY CITY books from 6-7:30 pm. as well as signing their new workshop book from Aperture, ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB ON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE POETIC IMAGE and Alex’s THE SUFFERING OF LIGHT, also from Aperture.  Josef Koudelka, Paolo Pelligrin, Olivia Arthur, Alec Soth, and other photographers will also be attendance. For more information: http://magnumfoundation.org/secrets/

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©AW, “Mt. Hope Cemetery” and RNW, “After the Fire at St. Monica’s Church,” both from “Memory City,” Radius Books, Thames and Hudson, June 2014

WORKSHOP UPDATE

TWO SPOTS LEFT: 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.

NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: PHOTO PROJECT 2014, NYC, Sunday Oct. 26-Sat. Nov. 1, 2014. This intimate bookmaking workshop is open to only 10 photographers. To learn more, including how to apply click here. Or email Alex and Rebecca for more information: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

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Memory City by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, Radius/Thames&Hudson, June 2014

       MEMORY CITY REVIEWS:

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ART IN AMERICA: Memory City

April 17, 2014

 

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©Alex Webb, from “Memory City” (with Rebecca Norris Webb), Radius Books and Thames and Hudson, spring 2014, as published in Art in America, April 2014

“[Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb] were attracted by [Rochester's] rich photographic tradition (besides Kodak’s 134 years there, it’s also home to the George Eastman House, the country’s first photographic museum, and the Visual Studies Workshop, a center for photography and other media arts founded by Nathan Lyons) and its historical significance as a center of progressive activity during the 19th century (counting Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony as residents). They turned their attention, however, to today’s Rochester: ‘a city,’ wrote Alex Webb in an email to A.i.A., ‘struggling with many of the urban ills that bedevil so many U.S. Rust Belt cities’ yet endowed with ‘its own unique sense of energy and community.’

Memory City is the couple’s second book, following their exploration of modern-day Cuba in 2009’s Violet Isle. Photographing Rochester’s streets, Webb contributes black-and-white images taken with his last rolls of Kodachrome (which can no longer be processed in color), interspersed with digital full-color pictures, whereas Norris Webb, using only film, offers still lifes and portraits of women from the region. ‘We knew from the start we wanted the conceptual collaboration to be as layered as Rochester itself and the many cities, past and present, within in,’ Norris Webb wrote, with the pair aiming for ‘an elegiac tone befitting the fading days of Kodak and film.'”—ART IN AMERICA, April 2014

WORKSHOP UPDA

  • —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
  • NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: PHOTO PROJECT 2014, Sunday Oct. 26-Sat. Nov. 1, 2014.  This intimate bookmaking workshop is open to only 10 photographers.  To learn more, including how to apply: http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/#mi=4&pt=0&pi=3
  • SCHOLARSHIP  FOR “FINDING YOUR VISION @ FESTIWAL LODZ FOR A POLISH PHOTOGRAPHER SPONSORED BY MAGNUM PHOTOS.  DEADLINE MAY 12.  MORE INFORMATION HERE IN POLISH.  AND LINK HERE TO ENGLISH TRANSLATION
  • 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, “Blue Secondhand Prom Dress,” from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books, US/T&H, Europe, spring 2014

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/

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

MEMORY CITY: Two Looks

November 14, 2012

©Alex Webb, Rochester, 2012, from “Memory City” (with Rebecca Norris Webb); Kodachrome processed as black and white

Rebecca and I are heading to Rochester, NY, to continue working on what may very well be our next joint book, which we’re calling “Memory City.” 

We’ll both be photographing Rochester during the last days of Kodak, at least as far as being the company it once was — known worldwide for its black and white and color film  (here’s the latest about Kodak’s bankruptcy).  

Since Rebecca is using one of the company’s last films, Portra, and I’m using my last rolls of Kodachrome — which these days can only be processed as black and white — we may not post until we’re back in December, because of film processing waiting period, those days or weeks which may be, according to Rebecca, “more mysterious and more integral to the creative process than one ever realized.”—Alex Webb 

©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Flower Dress,” from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb); photographed on Kodak Portra

EXHIBITIONS

——NOV. 8 2012-JAN. 27, 2012, LONDON, “CARTIER-BRESSON: A QUESTION OF COLOR,” group exhibition with Alex Webb, Trent Parke, Joel Meyerwitz, Harry Gruyaert, Helen Levitt, Saul Leiter and others, an exhibition curated by William Ewing.

——SEPT.21, 2012 – JANUARY 13, 2012, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, “Looking at the Land: 21st Century American Views,” A Collaboration with Flak Photo and RISD Museum of Art, group projection and online exhibition, curated by Andy Adams, with photographs by Rebecca Norris Webb, Brian Ulrich, Todd Hido, Joshua Dudley Greer, Christine Carr, and others.

UPCOMING 2012/13 WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA

——JANUARY 12-19, 2013, STREETS OF HAVANA 2013 with Nordic Light, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb workshop with optional side trip and final edit Jan. 19-25, 2013.  For more information, including how to apply, click here or visit the TO CUBA WITH ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB Facebook page.

@Alex Webb,, from “Violet Isle” (with Rebecca Norris Webb); upcoming Streets of Havana Workshop in January 2012 with Nordic Light

OTHER RECENT LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:

LINK TO THE NEW YORK TIMES LENS BLOG Q&A WITH REBECCA ABOUT “MY DAKOTA”

LINK TO NOTES ON “THE SUFFERING OF LIGHT’ BY ALEX WEBB ON TIME LIGHTBOX.

LINK TO “MY DAKOTA” ON TIME LIGHTBOX.

LINK TO ALEX’S EAST LONDON PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE AUGUST 2012 ISSUE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

TO READ THE  FRACTION MAGAZINE REVIEW of MY DAKOTA CLICK HERE.

“LOOKING AT THE LAND” IN AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE.

TRIPOD BLOG: On Loss and the Repeated Image

May 9, 2012

©Alex Webb, Rebecca in Havana Writing in the Mornings, January 2012

Tripod Blog: How do the arts impact your art?

RNW: Literature –– especially poetry –– has long been a major influence on my work and on my life.  Alex and I were both literature majors in college, so besides our large collection of photography books, we have an equally large collection of novels, essays, and poetry books.

For instance, while working on My Dakota, which is an elegy for one of my brothers, I turned to poetry books for solace, not to my vast collection of photography books.  During those first difficult months, some of the only poems that spoke to me were villanelles, such as Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art” or Roethke’s “The Waking,” a poetic form whose two refrains are repeated four times each.

Each time a refrain is repeated –– such as Roethke’s haunting line, “I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow” –– the meaning shifts, sometimes questioning the original meaning, sometime meandering off, sometimes circling back.

So in part, it was because those villanelles spoke to me when I was most grief struck that I managed to uncover the book’s organic rhythm and sequence, whose repeated photographic and text images–– such as apples and swallows’ nests and waves –– echo the confused, meandering path of my own grief.

To read the rest of the Tripod Blog Q&A with Rebecca.

©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Flower Girl,” from “Memory City” (a collaborative work-in-progress with Alex Webb)

UPCOMING EVENTS: MAY & JUNE

NEW YORK

––THURSDAY, MAY 24, NEW YORK, NY: My Dakota book launch at ICP, May 24″ href=”http://www.icp.org/events/2012/may/24/book-signing-rebecca-webb-norriss-my-dakota” target=”_blank”>My Dakota book launch, party and book signing at ICP (43d and Sixth Ave), 6-7:30.

RAPID CITY, SD

––FRIDAY, JUNE 1, RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA: “My Dakota” exhibition opening and book party, Dahl Arts Center, 6-8pm.  The exhibition will run until October 13, 2012.

––CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA

SATURDAY, JUNE 9,  AT LOOK3 PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL

4-6pm Alex Webb in conversation with noted writer and cultural critic Geoff Dyer

6-7pm: Book signing with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb at the Second Street Gallery

9pm: “My Dakota” in the WORKS slide show

ADDITIONAL LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:

See Alex and Rebecca’s photos and others from Magnum’s House of Pictures project in Rochester here

See Rebecca’s My Dakota in progress at Radius Books

Q&A with Rebecca and Sarah Rhodes on Timemachine

Read more about Magnum’s House of Pictures project in the New Yorker and see Alex’s photo of the day, April 24th.

Alex’s “The Suffering of Light” exhibition at Forma, Milan, featured in Italian Vogue.

©Alex Webb, from “Memory City” (a collaborative work-in-progress with Rebecca Norris Webb)

TWO QUESTIONS: On Last Pictures and On Grieving

May 2, 2012

©Alex Webb, Erie, Pennsylvania, 2010, last photograph of "The Suffering of Light" (Aperture, Contrasto, Thames and Hudson, 2010)

REBECCA NORRIS WEBB:  During a recent lecture in Singapore, you talked a little about the last photographs in your books, which often, in hindsight, have a kind of importance you didn’t realize at the time you were editing the book.  Would you talk about this again, specifically in regards to your last book, “The Suffering of Light”?

ALEX WEBB: For me, sometimes the last picture in a book points the way towards the next book or project: the last picture in my first book, Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds, a photograph from Haiti of a child in a sea of fire, seems to lead directly into the turmoil of Under A Grudging Sun, my second book.  

The last picture in The Suffering of Light, unlike the bulk of photographs in the book, which are from outside of the United States, was taken in Erie, Pennsylvania, when Rebecca and I were making one of our many trips from NY to South Dakota so she could continue working on her book, My Dakota. As we’ve made these trips, I’ve become intrigued by the notion of photographing more in the US, especially in the declining industrial region that stretches from western NY and Pennsylvania across the midwest.  It’ s something Rebecca and I have been talking about doing together.

So it was very gratifying last week for both of us to spend time in this region photographing in Rochester NY as part of the Magnum “House of Pictures” project.  We hope in July to return to Rochester to finish what we think will be a small book, Memory City. And perhaps the last photograph of that book will lead us to our next U.S. city to photograph?

©Rebecca Norris Webb, "Homestead House Blizzard," from "My Dakota," Radius Books, May 2012

SARAH RHODES for Timemachine Magazine:  Did your pictures start to change once you decided to make your South Dakota project into an elegy for your brother?

RNW: A few years ago, I remember showing the photographs to Linda Hasselstrom, a South Dakota rancher, who besides being a poet and essayist is an insightful editor, as well as a woman who’s experienced the loss of a husband.  During one of her Windbreak House Writing Retreats at her ranch near Hermosa, South Dakota.  I was trying to figure out what I had left to photograph and said to her, “Linda, I see summer, fall, and winter in these photographs, but not spring.”

“When you’re grieving, there isn’t any spring,” she replied.

Link to the rest of the Timemachine Interview:

Link to the Timemachine “My Dakota” portfolio:

©Rebecca Norris Webb, "My Dakota," Radius Books, May 2012

UPCOMING EVENTS: APRIL, MAY & JUNE

MILAN AND BOLOGNA

––FRIDAY, MAY 4, MILAN, ITALY:

4:00 Alex Webb book signing of “La Sofferenza della Luce” @ Contrasto booth, MIA photography festival

7:30: “Together and Apart: Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” at Forma, which will simultaneously have Alex’s “La Sofferenza della Luce”  exhibition in the gallery (Slide talk by invitation only, but former students, friends, member of the Two Looks online community, and press are welcome.  Space is limited, so please contact Alex and Rebecca to reserve one of the limited seats: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com)

––SATURDAY, MAY 5TH, MILAN, ITALY:  Two book launches, featuring the work of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb at the MIA photography festival, 8 pm

––MONDAY, MAY 7, BOLOGNA, ITALY: “Together & Apart: Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. 5 pm

NEW YORK

––THURSDAY, MAY 24, NEW YORK, NY: My Dakota book launch at ICP, May 24″ href=”http://www.icp.org/events/2012/may/24/book-signing-rebecca-webb-norriss-my-dakota” target=”_blank”>My Dakota book launch, party and book signing at ICP (43d and Sixth Ave), 6-7:30.

RAPID CITY, SD

––FRIDAY, JUNE 1, RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA: “My Dakota” exhibition opening and book party, Dahl Arts Center, 6-8pm.  The exhibition will run until October 13, 2012.

––CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA

SATURDAY, JUNE 9,  AT LOOK3 PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL

4-6pm Alex Webb in conversation with noted writer and cultural critic Geoff Dyer

6-7pm: Book signing with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb at the Second Street Gallery

9pm: “My Dakota” in the WORKS slide show

ADDITIONAL LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:

See Alex and Rebecca’s photos and others 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’s “The Suffering of Light” exhibition at Forma, Milan, featured in Italian Vogue.

©Alex Webb, "La Sofferenza Della Luce," (Contrasto, 2011)



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