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Four Continents: 30 Photographers

December 29, 2011

For the third year, we’re celebrating the NEW YEAR with updates from some 30 members of our TWO LOOKS online photographic community from around the world, which includes first books, upcoming and current exhibitions, new blogs, and long-term projects.  Congratulations to all of you.  

In addition, we’d like to give a special thanks to everyone who’s supported Rebecca’s “My Dakota” book and upcoming exhibition in 2012.  We couldn’t have done it without your support.  (There is still one limited ed. of “My Dakota” available, as well as a few of the handmade artist books; please contact Alex for more information: rnorriswebb@yahoo.com).  Near the end of the column, you’ll also find two worthy projects you may want to consider supporting.  And, as some of you have requested, this column ends with a short list of some of our upcoming 2012 workshops.

So, to all of you, we’d like to wish you a very productive NEW YEAR, and — as always — please stay in touch.—Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

Please leave your congratulations to fellow photographers in the comment section at the end of this blog posting or contact him or her directly through his/her website.

NEW BOOKS

Magdalena Sole, cover of her new book, "New Delta Rising"

Some of you may remember New York City-based photographer Magdalena Sole (originally from Spain) from the Venice and New York workshops.  Above, is the cover of her first photography book, NEW DELTA RISING, which will be available from Amazon in January.  You’ll also find, below, the cover of L.A.-based photographer Alia Malley’s new book, A CAVALIER IN SIGHT OF A VILLAGE (Havana and Brooklyn workshops), which was funded thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, and Norwegian photographer Marie Sjovold’s DUST CATCHES LIGHT (Norway workshop), a book which was launched this fall in Paris.

We’ve also included covers of Austin, Texas photographer Bill McCullough’s limited edition book, TECHNOCOLOR LIFE: AMERICAN WEDDING (Woodstock workshop), Canadian photographer Richard Marazzi’s book on Cuba,  EPOCA (Toronto workshop), British photographer Justin Partyka’s FIELD WORK (Cadiz workshop), Canadian photographer Ewa Zebrowski’s artist’s book, SEA OF LANTERNS (Venice and Aperture workshops) with text by Anne Michaels, a book which will be launched at the Art Gallery of Ontario in May 2012, and award-winning Swedish photographer Per-Anders Pettersson’s catalog of photographs from South Africa, EKHAYA (Project Workshop @ Caption Gallery).

You’ll find more details about the above publications — including where to purchase them — on the photographers’s websites,  as well as on some of the additional links listed below (such as the Amazon link for Magdalena). — AW and RNW

–Where to buy Magdalena’s new book, NEW DELTA RISING: (will be available in January 2012)
Amazon.com: New Delta Rising (9781617031502): Magdalena Solé, Barry H. Smith, Rick Bragg, Tom Lassiter: Books
–Magdalena’s website: www.solepictures.com

Marie Sjovold, cover of her book, "Dust Catches Light"

–In U.S., the book will soon be offered by Photo Eye — http://www.photoeye.com,  Currently, here’s where it can be ordered in Norway and Sweden:

–Marie’s website: www.mariesjovold.no

Alia Malley, cover of her book, "A Cavalier in Sight of a Village"

Book is available at:  http://www.aliamalley.com/cav_book.html

Alia’s website: www.aliamalley.com

Richard Marazzi, "Época"

Richard Marazzi, "Época"

Richard’s website:  http://www.richardmarazziphoto.com/

Bill McCullough, from the book "Technicolor Life: American Wedding"

Bill McCullough, from the book "Technicolor Life: American Wedding"

Bill’s website: http://www.billmcculloughphotography.com/

Justin Paryka, "Field Work"

Justin Partyka, "Field Work"

 Justin’s website: http://www.justinpartyka.com/

Ewa Zebrowski, from the artist book, Sea of Lanterns, text by Anne Michaels

Order “Sea of Lanterns” at this link on Photo Eye.

Ewa’s website: http://www.ewazebrowski.com/

Per-Anders Pettersson, cover of catalog, "Ekhaya"

Per’s website: http://www.peranderspettersson.com

Susan Berger, Jersey City, NJ 2010

Susan Berger, Jersey City, NJ 2010

NEW EXHIBITIONS/GALLERIES

CONGRATULATIONS to many of you with recent and upcoming exhibitions, including U.S. photographer, Susan Berger‘s, MARTIN LUTHER KING BOULEVARD, which will be on view at the Griffin Museum of Photography near Boston from January 5, 2012 to March 1, 2012. (Susan was recently in our Book Weekend Workshop @ Radius this past fall.) Also, New England photographer Chris Chadbourne‘s STATE FAIR photographs (Photo Project  @ Caption Gallery) will open next June at the Griffin Museum, and then travel to venues in Las Vegas, Nevada, and North Carolina (the work was also shown at the New England Photo Biennial –see photo below).  San Francisco-based Jane Paradise , recently who attended our UNBOUND workshop at LOOK3, has work in a group exhibiton at the Bedford Gallery near San Francisco, including this photograph below from her BLUE COMMA series from Cape Cod, which was selected for the Bedford Gallery show by SFMOMA’s Sandra Phillips and Oakland Museum’s Drew Johnson (here’s a link to a video interview of the two curators about the exhibition).  Jane will also have work in Buenos Aires and near Boston at the Griffin Museum in 2012.

For all of you who remember Norwegian photographer Tone Elin Solholm (Venice and Barcelona workshops), she will be having an exhibition of 20 photographs from her first book,  THE GIANTS’ LIVING ROOM, at the noted Oslo gallery, Fotografiens Hus (House of Photography) from February 9-26, 2012, which will include the poem Rebecca wrote for the book (Tone’s photograph and Rebecca’s poem below).

U.S. photographer Susan Cardona (CPW Workshop) will have an exhibition, IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, this summer in Eastport, Maine.  New York City-based British photographer, Shane Gray, will have an exhibition of his STREET PHOTOGRAPHS this spring at the Lunasas bar at 126 1st Av. (between 7/8 St.), and you can see his latest projects and the exact dates of the show on his website. One of  Minny Lee‘s photographs from her Self-Portrait series is currently featured in the group exhibition, DREAMS, at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, until January 7, 2012.

Belgium photographer Serge Maes — who some of you may remember from the Barcelona and New York workshops — currently has photographs in a joint show in Bussum, the Netherlands, until the end of December, and will have a new website up and running soon.  And one of the youngest photographers in our community, Austrian photographer MAFALDA RAKOS (Photo Project @ Caption Gallery), will have some of her photographs of her fellow teenagers in the photography festival in Braga, Portugal, “Entcontros da Imagem,” in fall 2012.

Lastly, we are pleased to announce the opening of a new collective gallery in Seattle by two of our former PCNW workshop photographers, Minh Carrico and Carina del Rosario — along with a third photographer, Su’J’n Chon.  The gallery is called  IDEA Odyssey.

Jane Paradise @ the Bedford Gallery in California

Tone Elin Solholm, from her upcoming House of Photography exhibit, "The Giants' Living Room," in Oslo in February. Rebecca's poem -- "Seven Rooms" -- will also be included in the Fotografiens Has exhibition.

 Remember when the world had seven rooms?

Ours had a back staircase and pocket doors. 

One winter, I had a room under the wingback chair only I could enter.

Next summer, I hid in the flowering plum for hours, & my mother called & called.

Flattening their wings, bats crawled under any closed door.  No one was safe.

Falling asleep, my book half open, I dreamt I was flying.

Since then, I’ve visited six continents and three oceans.

Now, the world with seven rooms lives inside of me.

Slowly I climb the back staircase.

My dead brother swings me around and around — finally lets go.

I fly through the air.

–Rebecca Norris Webb

Chris Chadbourne, installation view of the 2011 New England Photo Biennial

Chris Chadbourne, installation view of the 2011 New England Photo Biennial

Sue Cardona, Lobster Fisherman, Jonesport

Sue Cardona, Lobster Fisherman, Jonesport

Shane Gray, Dining Hall Scaffolder

Shane Gray, Dining Hall Scaffolder

Minny Lee, Self-portrait, Mestre, Italy 2011

Minny Lee, Self-portrait, Mestre, Italy 2011

 

S.M. Maes, Barcelona, Spain

S.M. Maes, Barcelona, Spain

Mafalda Rakos

Mafalda Rakos

Carina A. del Rosario (right) with IDEA Odyssey gallery co-founder Minh Carrico. (The third co-founder, SuJ'n Chon, is not pictured.)

Carina A. del Rosario (right) with IDEA Odyssey gallery co-founder Minh Carrico. (The third co-founder, SuJ'n Chon, is not pictured.)

NEW PHOTO AGENCY

Sebastián Liste, from the series "On This Side of the Mountain"

Sebastián Liste, from the series "On This Side of the Mountain"

SEBASTIAN LISTE — who some of you met at our UNBOUND workshop @ LOOK3 this summer —  is now a Featured Photographer at Reportage by Getty Images.  And, in case you missed it, here’s Sebastian’s two-part interview with photographer, writer, digital tech and our studio manager, TRENT DAVIS BAILEY, on Daylight Magazine earlier this year:  Link to Part I.  Link to Part II.

NEW BLOG

As a commercial photographer, how do you continue to inspire your personal photography?  For Colorado wedding photographer PRESTON UTLEY, he decided to start a blog devoted to his personal work, called THE SNAP SHOT DIARIES.  We look forward to following Preston’s new blog in 2012.

Preston Utley, "Snow Capped," from his new blog, "The Snap Shot Diaries"

Preston’s website

FUNDRAISING

What better way to start the NEW YEAR than to contribute to documentary projects??  Below are two we think you should consider: The first is Russian photographer OLGA KRAVET’s GROZNY: Nine Cities (Olga was in our Moscow Workshop in 2007), a collaborative project with two of her fellow Russian photographers, Maria Morina and Oksana Yushko.  Here is a link to the Grozny fundraising page. The second is L.A.-based photographer and documentary filmmaker SARA TERRY’s FOLK (the doc’s cinematographer, HENRY JACOBSON,is also a photographer whose work was recently featured on VISURA). Any amount you give will help support these very worthy projects.

Sara Terry, FOLK a feature-length documentary

Sara Terry, FOLK a feature-length documentary

NEW PROJECTS

David Bacher

David Bacher

We think it’s fitting to end FOUR CONTINENTS where it all begins — by taking a look at some new and ongoing photography projects from around the world.  First we’ll start in Europe with three talented street photographers — Paris-based DAVID BACHER, French photographer DAVID BELAY (You may remember David Belay from our recent Munich workshop and our Peru workshop), and Dutch photographer BAS LOSEKOOT (Caption Gallery workshop).   We’ve also included from Argentina, ALEJANDRO KIRCHUK  and his moving portraits of his grandparents, as well as Venezuelan-born GUILLERMO DE YAVORSKY’S tender and surreal Skype portraits of friends and family around the world, and many of these screen shots were taken in St. Barts where he now lives.  We end with Greek photographer DIMITRI MELLOS  and his photographs from the streets of New York, where he’s based, and Chinese photographer MAX WANG, who recently finished a second comprehensive project photographing and interviewing 100 people across Canada, ages 1 to 100 (Max recently did a similar project in China, as those of you may remember from the Unbound Workshop at LOOK3 this past summer).

David Bacher’s website: http://www.davidbacher.com/

David Belay

David Belay

David Belay’s photos: http://maddav.jalbum.net/4continents/index.html

Alejandro Kirchuk

Alejandro Kirchuk

Alejandro’s website: http://www.alejandrokirchuk.com.ar/

Bas Losekoot, from "Sao Paulo and the Urban Millennium"

Bas Losekoot, from "Sao Paulo and the Urban Millennium"

Bas’s website: http://www.baslosekoot.com/

Dimitri Mellos, 2011

Dimitri Mellos, 2011

Dimitri’s website: http://www.dimitrimellos.com

Yinan Max Wang, Aunjelica, 2011

Yinan Max Wang, Aunjelica, 2011

Max’s website: http://www.yinanmaxwang.com/

Guillermo de Yavorsky, from the series "FarAway So Close (Skype Portraits)"

Guillermo de Yavorsky, from the series "FarAway So Close (Skype Portraits)"

Guillermo’s photos:

http://web.me.com/deyavorsky/South_African_Football/index.html

http://web.me.com/deyavorsky/Skype_portaits/index.html


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA

–THE STREETS OF HAVANA, Sunday, Jan. 22 thru Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012.  There are only a few places left in this upcoming workshop sponsored by Norway’s Nordic Light.  For more information follow this link.

–WEEKEND WORKSHOP IN SINGAPORE, Friday evening, March 9, 2012, thru Saturday, March 11, 2012.  An intensive weekend workshop with the Webbs and Radius Books creative director and noted book designer, David Chickey. More information about this workshop will appear soon on the Magnum website and on the workshop page of the webbnorriswebb website.

–WEEKEND WORKSHOP @ APERTURE, NY, Friday evening, March 23, thru Sat., March 25, 2012. Do you know where you’re going next with your photography –– or where it’s taking you?   An intensive weekend workshop with Alex and Rebecca. Check the Aperture site midJanuary for details about fees and how to apply.

–FINDING YOUR VISION WORKSHOP @ CAPTION GALLERY, BROOKLYN, NY.  Sunday May 20 thru Friday May 25, 2012.* A week-long photographing and editing workshop where each photographers begins to explore his or her own way of photographing and how to edit intuitively.  Will include exercises, light room tutorials, and a presentation by a noted book editor. Applications open January 9, 2012, and early acceptance notification will start on February 9, 2012.  Check the workshop page of the webbnorriswebb website for fees, application process and further details.

*If there is enough interest, we will explore offering a second session of the Finding Your Vision Workshop @ Caption Gallery the week before —  Sunday May 13 thru Friday May 18, 2012.

TEXT AND IMAGE: World Poetry Day

March 21, 2011

To celebrate WORLD POETRY DAY, we’ve decided to post one of Rebecca’s prose poems from her first book, “The Glass Between Us,” both in English and in Chinese, the latter thanks to the wonderful translation by fellow photographer and translator, Monica Lin, who is based in Hong Kong.  We are dedicating the poem to all the Chinese photographers we’ve met — both in the Hong Kong workshop, at our Hong Kong slide talk, and through the TWO LOOKS online photographic community.  In addition, since the poem takes place in the Caribbean, we decided to pair it with a relatively unknown photograph of Alex’s from Puerto Rico, which will appear in his new book, “The Suffering of Light.”–=Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

Alex Webb, Pinones, Puerto Rico, 1990, from the book "The Suffering of Light"

Reflections: 4

Sailing in the Caribbean, I catch a mahi mahi.  It takes two men to lift its four-foot body from the sea.  On the hot teak deck, I watch the creature shift its tint, from teal to indigo to aquamarine, like having a tiny sea, beautiful and raging, at my bare feet.  As it flips and flops, I feel a little afraid of this great hulking dying thing.  I wish it would fly.  I wish it would be still.  I’m ashamed how hungry it makes me feel.

Within minutes, I slip a piece of deep red sushi between my lips.  The   freshest fish I’ve ever tasted, it is heavy and sweet and otherworldly, like a slice of mango or sex in the sun after swimming in the turquoise Caribbean.  What I hope my own death will taste like.—Rebecca Norris Webb, from the book, “The Glass Between Us”

镜像:4

航行在加勒比海,我捕到一条马头鱼。把这四英尺长的大家伙从海里拖上来竟需要兩個男人。在滚烫的柚木甲板上,我看着這個造物变换颜色,从湖蓝到靛蓝到海蓝,像我赤裸的足邊一處小小的海洋,美丽而狂暴。看着它拍打翻滚的样子,我突然有点害怕这个垂死的大家伙。我希望它飞。我希望它静止。我为自己因它而饥肠辘辘感到羞愧。

几分钟后,一块深红色的生鱼片滑进我的双唇。这是我尝过最新鲜的鱼肉了,它厚实、鲜甜、超凡脱俗,如同一片芒果,又像在宝石般的加勒比海水中暢泳之后開始的性爱。真希望自己的死亡也有同樣的味道—Rebecca Norris Webb, translated into Chinese by Monica Lin, from the book, “The Glass Between Us”

TWO LOOKS: Laara Matsen and Jonas Bendiksen

January 20, 2010

Since Rebecca and I are traveling next week, we decided to post this month’s TWO LOOKS column a few days early.  For January, we’re featuring the work of LAARA MATSEN, a U.S. photographer who also works as a curator and photo editor, and JONAS BENDIKSEN, Magnum’s sole Norwegian photographer. These married photographers have been together for about as long as we have, and, like Rebecca and myself, have worked on photographic books and exhibitions together, including Jonas’s two books, Satellites, his seven-year journey through the isolated communities on the fringes of the former Soviet Union, and his most recent book, The Places We Live, in which he documents the fragile dwellings of the poor in four of the most overcrowded cities in the world. Former New Yorkers, Laara and Jonas now live near Oslo with their son Milo, which is unfortunate for all of us who miss the couple’s warmth, insights, and humor, but lucky for the Norwegian photographic community.––Alex Webb

LAARA ON JONAS’S PHOTOGRAPH

Jonas Bendiksen, Birobidzhan bus stop, 1999

When Jonas and I met in January 1998, he was preparing to move to the Russian Far East for a year to begin his first long-term photographic project. By August he was there, and on New Year’s Eve, 1999, I landed in Siberia for what was, in all practical senses, our fourth date. The story he was chasing there was subtle: the disappearance of a forgotten community. There wasn’t actually much happening in Birobidzhan, but each morning he would slip out of bed and go out into the deeply sub-frozen predawn to shoot, returning with numb hands a few hours later. I always stayed warm under the covers. He shot mostly slides, and there was no reliable photo lab in the small town, so the results of his labor remained unseen until I brought seven months worth of film back to New York for processing.

I spent many hours over the next three months holding his slides up to the window of my tiny Brooklyn apartment waiting to see him again. This image was one of my favorites then, and remains so after 11 years. Three people waiting for the bus in the cold. Simple. But also ambiguous, humorous, cinematically lovely, and an astute translation of the complex and elusive Russianness that I knew he had been hunting over there. More personally, it stood as concrete proof of the parts of Jonas that most fascinated me (and still do): his solid patience, keen awareness of nuance, and good Norwegian ability to tolerate ungodly cold.–– Laara Matsen

Laara is in the process of building a website.

JONAS ON LAARA’S PHOTOGRAPH

Laara Matsen, "Ghost Man," Brooklyn, 1999

When Laara and I first got together, I moved into her tiny studio apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We used to sit out on the window ledge in the evenings, airing the tiny space out and watching people go by. It was my first real meeting with New York, and I remember that summer as a magical time. New York seemed so full of promise. I was fresh in photography, and New York was like a big cake made of things that could happen, and we were eating it.

Laara had taken this picture from the windows of our place. Just the fact that it was taken from that one spot makes it special to me. It was our first view, from our first window. But it’s the guy in the street, bleached dazzling white by the headlights of two trucks, that always grabs me. He always made me think of a blank slate. Like someone who had shed their skin, and was looking for a new one –  looking for who he was or maybe who he should be. Looking back at that time, I think that’s how I felt, sitting on that window ledge, wondering what the future would hold.

Also, I think what I love about the picture is that it’s this otherworldly moment taken without actually leaving our house. Just a fleeting moment, that probably nobody else in the world saw except her. A good reminder that if one is open enough, magic can appear at any moment in the day, wherever you look.––Jonas Bendiksen

Jonas’s photographs on the Magnum website.

TWO LOOKS: Charles Harbutt and Joan Liftin

October 19, 2009

Rebecca and I deeply respect both Charles Harbutt and Joan Liftin as photographers, as teachers, and as editors/book makers.  When we first started exploring the notion of putting together our joint Cuba book, we sought out Charles’ and Joan’s opinions, and one of Joan’s suggestions about the sequence of the opening spreads significantly improved the book.  Their advice tends to illuminate and to cut straight to the heart of the matter, often tinged with a delightful sense of humor.  Our work –– and our lives –– have been enriched by knowing them.––Alex Webb

ON CHARLES HARBUTT’S PHOTOGRAPH:

Charles Harbutt, 1975

Charles Harbutt, 1975

I love this picture of Charlie’s because it’s light as air, as ephemeral as the moment that produced it, a curl of smoke and rays of light in a shuttered hotel bedroom in Arles, 1975.

The photo is introspective and inviting, even dreamy, containing the strong hint that it is the result of just one too many tokes.  We can’t read the picture on the wall but it provides balance and mystery.

But who ARE those people in the smoke?––Joan Liftin

ON JOAN LIFTIN’S PHOTOGRAPH:

Joan Liftin

Joan Liftin

When I first saw this picture, I felt immense loneliness. I think it let me feel what Joan was feeling in that desolate British Railways compartment rattling down to London to go to her father’s funeral. The wild trees outside. The bird at first seems poignant, fleeing. Then I realize the picture is about the bird. Not fleeing so much as flying free outside the sadness. The picture is a Zen metaphor if Zen has metaphors. You can’t feel what someone is feeling when they giggle at a joke, or say “I love you.” But with her picture you can see (and feel) what she saw and felt. Anyway all that is what I like about this picture of Joan’s.––Charles Harbutt

Joan Liftin, often mistaken for Marilyn Monroe, is the author of ‘Drive Ins”.  She was Director of  Magnum’s Photo Library and Chair of ICP’s Documentary Education Program.  She has edited a number of photo books.

Charles Harbutt has published two books and one monograph of his work: Progreso: Navarin Editeur, Paris, 1986 (English edition: Actuality Inc., NYC, 1987); Charles Harbutt: I Grandi Fotografi: Editoriale Fabbri, Milan, Italy: 1983; Travelog: MIT Press, Cambridge, 1974. For the first 20 years of his photographic life, Charles Harbutt was a photojournalist, working mostly through Magnum Photos (of which he was twice president). In the past year, he exhibited at the Bibliotheque Nationale, the Vienna Museum and Stockholm’s Moderna Museet. He is currently an associate professor at Parsons, the New School for Design where he has never been mistaken for Joe DiMaggio.

For more about them and their work go to:

http://www.actualityinc.com/


In the comments section this week, Alex and I are asking for suggestions for our next FotoForum (our first one was “On Fear and Photography, Oct. 5, 2009).  Thanks in advance for your suggestions.––Rebecca Norris Webb

TWO LOOKS: Alex and Rebecca

September 28, 2009

This is the first of an occasional column we are calling “Two Looks,” in which we will feature a creative couple’s work.  For this column, we’ll have each person select one example of his or her partner’s work to write about.  Not unexpectedly, the first column is called “Two Looks: Alex and Rebecca.” ––Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

ON ALEX’S PHOTOGRAPH

Alex Webb, Havana, 1993

Alex Webb, Havana, 1993

This quiet photograph of Alex’s has grown into one of my favorites in our Cuba book.  Partly, it’s because it’s the only “portrait” in Violet Isle of Fidel, which I like for a couple of reasons.  One is that it’s very indicative of the island itself, where one sees plenty of posters and billboards celebrating Che Guevara and José Martí, but few of Fidel Castro himself.  And I love the little surprise in the photo, that at first you think his right index finger is raised in the air because he’s in the midst of giving a speech or perhaps even admonishing someone (especially with the word, “Silencio,” posted on the wall to the left of the portrait), and then you notice, upon closer inspection, that his right finger is actually poised in the air because he’s playing chess.  And lastly, I find myself drawn to the sparseness and simplicity of this interior –– the drab yet welcoming yellow walls and the forlorn blue of the fan –– because it seems somehow quintessentially Cuban.––Rebecca Norris Webb

ON REBECCA’S PHOTOGRAPH

Rebecca Norris Webb, Havana, 2008

Rebecca Norris Webb, Havana, 2008

What is it about this photograph from a rooftop in Havana that so intrigues me?  Part of it is that it initially feels like a street photograph: a dominant figure in the foreground, a little figure deep in the background, with the activity centered on the latter.  This seems at first to be familiar photographic territory.  But what totally confounds my expectations is that these figures are not human, but animals, fighting cocks. And even more startling is that the rooster in the background –– his legs shaved, his wings flapping ––  looks like a little man, arms akimbo.  Then I see that he is tied to a cement block.  I am immersed in that strange, sometimes unsettling, and often beautiful world that Rebecca so often seems to discover –– her territory –– where sometimes the dramas in the natural world feel somehow human, and where sometimes her images lift off into metaphor.––Alex Webb


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