Posts Tagged ‘Sebastiao Salgado’

MY DAKOTA @ .CENT MAGAZINE

November 27, 2012

©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Rearview Mirror,” from the book, “My Dakota”

I was originally a poet, and it’s taken me much of my creative life to learn to trust my process, an often slow, meandering path towards understanding life and death and the world through the process of photographing –– and sometimes writing about –– images that intrigue me for some reason.

Have you ever watched a three-toed sloth make its way across a tree limb?  It’s a kind of cross between sleepwalking and a drowsy half-awakening.   Image by image, my work moves me along toward understanding the world in a similar way. “The imagination gropes forward, feeling its way towards what it needs…reaches out, into the landscape in front of us,” to quote the poet Mark Doty, and these images act like a “container for emotion and idea… [to] hold what’s too slippery or charged or difficult to touch.”

And how does an elegiac image manage to offset its emotional heft with enough luminosity to lift it up into the realm of metaphor, the poetic term which literally means “carrying over”?  “One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather,” noted the French poet Paul Valery.—Rebecca Norris Webb, from the UK digital magazine, “.Cent,” which features “My Dakota” and Sebastiao Salgado’s “Genesis” photographs.

LINK TO FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO THE AUTUMN/WINTER .CENT ISSUE  (THE SALGADO/NORRIS WEBB PHOTOGRAPHS ARE ON PAGES 91-95).

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. For more information, including how to apply, click here

©Alex Webb, Havana, from “Violet Isle,” January 2013 Workshop

 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.


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