TWO NEW WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIPS

March 30, 2015

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 Palmer Workshop Scholarship

Two tuition-free scholarships available to attend the upcoming Finding Your Vision @ The Cleveland Museum of Art weekend workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, June 17-19, 2015

Open to all university photography students, either undergraduate or graduate students, including those who finish their degree program in winter or spring 2015. Work by all kinds of photographers will be considered — from art photographers to documentary photographers — the only stipulation being that none of the images submitted have been dramatically altered digitally.

Please note: Scholarship winners will be responsible for all travel, housing, and food connected with this weekend workshop.

 Scholarship Application Opens: Wed. April 1 2015

Deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Notification of winner: Monday, May 18, 2015

JUDGES: Photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb and Cleveland Museum of Art Curator of Photography Barbara Tannenbaum.

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

—n the email, please include the following in one word doc:

  1. Name and email
  2. 100 word statement about your work (if you work in a series, please include a short description of your series, project, or book)
  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.

Additionally, in this email please also attach 10 small jpgs (ideally from one project or series), 72 dpi, and 1080 pixels on the longest side

NEW WORKSHOPS

——FINDING YOUR VISION @ THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART: Friday, July 17-Sunday, July 19th.

For more information, here is the link to the workshop description:

http://www.clevelandart.org/learn/workshop/finding-your-vision-weekend-workshop-alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb

——THE ART OF EDITING: Thursday Oct. 28-Sunday Nov. 1, 2015

Do you know how to listen to your photographs—including how they talk to one another—in order to select and sequence your work? Learn the challenging ART OF EDITING and sequencing your photographs in this five-day intensive workshop in New York City. This workshop is open to both serious amateurs as well as seasoned photographers who may be working on a long-term project or book. This intimate workshop is limited to 12 photographers.

Your workshop teachers are Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a creative couple who often edit and sequence their work together for magazines, exhibitions, and books, including their two recent collaborative books, Memory City, and Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image. The Webbs will begin this intensive workshop by looking at a series of unedited photographs from each workshop participant, which could be from a recent trip you’ve taken or an event (such as a wedding, parade, or festival), or perhaps an assignment or long-term project. There will be two options for the second half of the workshop: participants can choose either: 1) to photograph and edit new work from Halloween weekend in NYC 2015; or, 2) to continue to edit and sequence a long-term project or book.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING HOW TO APPLY (Applications open March 1, 2015) webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

OTHER WORKSHOPS

——FINDING YOUR VISION @ Anderson Ranch, Colorado, Aug. 17-21, Snowmass, Colorado.  For more information, including how to apply online: http://www.andersonranch.org/finding-your-vision-p1231/

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Blackbirds,” from “My Dakota” at the Cleveland Museum of Art, May 17-Aug. 16, 2015

APERTURE TALK: FRIDAY, MAR. 27TH

February 20, 2015
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©Alex Webb/Rebecca Norris Webb from “Memory City,” part of “Slant Rhymes” talk at Aperture, NYC, on Friday, March 27th, 7pm, followed by Q&A & book signing

SLANT RHYMES: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

Aperture Foundation, NYC, Friday, March 27, 2015, 7-8:30pm

 “In his afterword to Violet Isle, Pico Iyer writes that our photographs sometimes rhyme.”—Alex Webb, from “On Collaboration” in Aperture’s Alex Webb from Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image, Introduction by Teju Cole

 Photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb will present a variety of work at their joint slide talk, “Slant Rhymes,” featuring photographs from the creative couple’s two recent joint books, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image (Aperture, 2014) and Memory City, as well as work from their first collaboration, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba. Additionally the Webbs will also show work from Alex’s Aperture monograph, The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Photographs, and Rebecca’s third book, My Dakota. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

http://www.aperture.org/event/slant-rhymes-photographs-alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb/

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©Alex Webb/Rebecca Norris Webb from “On Street Photography and the Poetic Image,” copies available at Aperture Foundation, NYC, Magnum Photos, and Amazon.com

NEW WORKSHOPS

——FINDING YOUR VISION @ THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART: Friday, July 17-Sunday, July 19th.

For more information, here is the link to the workshop description:

http://www.clevelandart.org/learn/workshop/finding-your-vision-weekend-workshop-alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb

——THE ART OF EDITING: Thursday Oct. 28-Sunday Nov. 1, 2015

Do you know how to listen to your photographs—including how they talk to one another—in order to select and sequence your work? Learn the challenging ART OF EDITING and sequencing your photographs in this five-day intensive workshop in New York City. This workshop is open to both serious amateurs as well as seasoned photographers who may be working on a long-term project or book. This intimate workshop is limited to 12 photographers.

Your workshop teachers are Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a creative couple who often edit and sequence their work together for magazines, exhibitions, and books, including their two recent collaborative books, Memory City, and Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image. The Webbs will begin this intensive workshop by looking at a series of unedited photographs from each workshop participant, which could be from a recent trip you’ve taken or an event (such as a wedding, parade, or festival), or perhaps an assignment or long-term project. There will be two options for the second half of the workshop: participants can choose either: 1) to photograph and edit new work from Halloween weekend in NYC 2015; or, 2) to continue to edit and sequence a long-term project or book.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING HOW TO APPLY (Applications open March 1, 2015) webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

OTHER WORKSHOPS

——FINDING YOUR VISION @ Anderson Ranch, Colorado, Aug. 17-21, Snowmass, Colorado.  For more information, including how to apply online: http://www.andersonranch.org/finding-your-vision-p1231/

 

TWO EVENTS: Seattle and Portland

February 1, 2015

 

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©Alex Webb, Rebecca installing her handwritten text for “My Dakota” at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Feb. 5-March 1, opening reception Thurs. Feb. 5, 6-9pm

For those in the Seattle area, the Webbs will give a joint slide talk, “Slant Rhymes,” the next night, Friday, Feb. 6th, from 6:30-8:30 at PCNW, 900 12th Avenue, Seattle, an event that’s free to Finding Your Vision students (with ID) and all Blue Earth photographers past and present.  The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing of the Webb’s two most recent books, “Memory City” and “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image”:

http://pcnw.org/event/artist-lecture-alex-and-rebecca-webb/

“My Dakota” at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, thru March 1st: http://www.blueskygallery.org/exhibition/rebecca-norris-webb/#1

 

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©Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, from “Memory City”

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

——Thursday, Feb. 12, Bunn Lecture with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, Horowitz Auditorium, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois 5-6pm; “Memory City” opening and bk signing, Heuser Art Gallery: 6-8pm: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150130/ENTERTAINMENT/150139959/1997/NEWS/?Start=1

——Friday, March 13, San Francisco Photo Alliance Lecture with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, 7:30pm: http://www.photoalliance.org/archived-lectures-1-1/

——Tuesday, March 17, Boulder, Colorado, UC/Boulder, 6:30 pm: “Together and Apart: The Books of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” lecture and book signing

——Friday, 27 March, Aperture Foundation, NYC, “Slant Rhymes: Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” joint slide talk followed by Q&A and book signing, 7-8:30pm:

http://www.aperture.org/workshops-classes/workshop-alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb-finding-vision/

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

——FINDING YOUR VISION: NYC: Sat. April 25-Thursday April 30, 2014. Workshop is now full. Wait list only.  To be placed on the waitlist please email Alex and Rebecca: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

——FINDING YOUR VISION @ Anderson Ranch, Colorado, Aug. 17-21, Snowmass, Colorado.  For more information, including how to apply online: http://www.andersonranch.org/finding-your-vision-p1231/

If you have questions or trouble signing up online, please contact Alex and Rebecca:  webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “My Dakota,” Radius Books, 2012

MEMORY CITY: New Yorker Best Book!

December 24, 2014
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©Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, “Memory City” at Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, thru Saturday, December 27, 2014

Novelist, photographer, art historian Teju Cole selected “Memory City” as one of the Best Books of 2014 for the New Yorker: 

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/best-books-2014?intcid=mod-latest

Memory City was also selected as one of the best photography books of the years by Photo-Eye and PDN:

http://www.pdnonline.com/features/Notable-Photo-Books-of-2014-Part-III-12310.shtml

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

—NEW YORK WORKSHOP: FINDING YOUR VISION, Sat. April 25-Thursday April 30, 2014.  For more information, please email Alex and Rebecca at webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

—LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP: SEATTLE WORKSHOP, February 2015: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8FXV4N7&IID=2K1HRG6NDPG0&PN=28

 

 

 

MEMORY CITY: PDN Notable Book 2014

December 1, 2014
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©Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb, from “Memory City,” Radius Books and Thames and Hudson, 2014. Chicago’s Stephen Daiter Gallery exhibition thru Dec. 27

Memory City combines the rich, brilliant street photography of Alex Webb with the contemplative, metaphorical work of his wife, Rebecca Norris Webb…The Webbs have distinct styles, but Memory City underscores what they have in common: an ability to pack the frame with emotional and intellectual substance, and make it beautiful, too.”—David Walker, from Notable Books 2014, Photo District News, December 2014

Thursday, Dec. 4, 7-8:30pm: An Evening with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb at the Miami Street Photography Festival, Wynwood District, Kike San Martin Studios, 2045 NW 1st Ave., Miami, followed by a Q&A and Memory City and Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image book signing.  Free and open to the public.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

——FINDING YOUR VISION WORKSHOP: SEATTLE; PCNW (Photo Center North West); Friday evening, Feb. 6, 2014, thru Sunday afternoon, Feb. 8, 2014. RELATED EVENT: Friday, Feb. 6, 6:30-8:30pm: Slide talk: “Slant Rhymes: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” followed by a Q&A and book signing. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information –– including workshop fees, how to enroll— please visit: http://pcnw.org/education/workshops/featured/master-workshop-finding-your-vision/

NOTE: This is a workshop for photographers who collaborate with the world, not for those who dramatically alter their photographs digitally.

——NEW APERTURE WEEKEND WORKSHOP AT APERTURE FOUNDATION, NYC: TO ENROLL IN THE WORKSHOP FOLLOW THIS LINK

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

——THRU DEC. 27TH, CHICAGO: MEMORY CITY AT STEPHEN DAITER GALLERY: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_4&VBID=2K1HZOQ8FXXCC2&IID=2K1HRG6CK7MT&PN=1 

——FEBRUARY 4-MARCH 1, 2015: MY DAKOTA at BLUE SKY GALLERY, PORTLAND.  Artist talk/book signing on Wed.evening Feb. 4; Opening Reception and book signing, Thursday evening, Feb. 5

REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS

——MEMORY CITY REVIEW in Fraction

——SLANT RHYMES: Interview with Teju Cole and the Webb on the New Yorker Photo Booth

 

NEW WORKSHOP: Seattle

November 17, 2014
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©Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, from “Memory City” at Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago (thru Dec. 27) and Robert Klein Gallery, Boston (thru Nov. 29)

ALEX WEBB & REBECCA NORRIS WEBB’S FINDING YOUR VISION WORKSHOP: SEATTLE

Location: PCNW (Photo Center North West)

Friday evening, Feb. 6, 2014, thru Sunday afternoon, Feb. 8, 2014

RELATED EVENT: Friday, Feb. 6, 6:30-8:30pm: Slide talk: “Slant Rhymes: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” followed by a Q&A and book signing. This event is free and open to the public.

Do you know where you’re going next with your photography –– or where it’s taking you?  This intensive weekend workshop will help photographers begin to understand their own distinct way of seeing the world. It will also help photographers figure out their next step photographically –– from deepening their own unique vision to the process of discovering and making a long-term project that they’re passionate about, as well as the process of how long-term projects evolve into books and exhibitions. A workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, it will taught by Alex and Rebecca, a creative team who often edit projects and books together, including their new joint books, “Memory City: and “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photographer and the Poetic Image.”

Included in the workshop will be an editing exercise and a choice between an optional photography/editing assignment or long-term project review, as well as an optional pre-workshop assignment. For more information –– including workshop fees, how to enroll— please visit: http://pcnw.org/education/workshops/featured/master-workshop-finding-your-vision/

NOTE: This is a workshop for photographers who collaborate with the world, not for those who dramatically alter their photographs digitally.

LINK TO  MEMORY CITY ON NBC NEWShttp://nbcnews.to/1oZ7DGF

OTHER WORKSHOPS

——NEW APERTURE WEEKEND WORKSHOP AT APERTURE FOUNDATION, NYC: TO ENROLL IN THE WORKSHOP FOLLOW THIS LINK

——ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT: FINDING YOUR VISION @ MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL, Monday Dec. 1-Friday Dec. 5, 2014.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

——THRU NOV. 29, BOSTON, MEMORY CITY at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY; SLANT RHYMES at ARS LIBRI WITH ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY;

REVIEW OF THE TWO BOSTON SHOWS BY ELIN SPRING.

——THRU DEC. 27TH, CHICAGO: MEMORY CITY AT STEPHEN DAITER GALLERY: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_4&VBID=2K1HZOQ8FXXCC2&IID=2K1HRG6CK7MT&PN=1 

——FEBRUARY 4-MARCH 1, 2015: MY DAKOTA at BLUE SKY GALLERY, PORTLAND.  Artist talk/book signing on Wed.evening Feb. 4; Opening Reception and book signing, Thursday evening, Feb. 5

REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS

——MEMORY CITY REVIEW in Fraction

——SLANT RHYMES: Interview with Teju Cole and the Webb on the New Yorker Photo Booth

PARIS PHOTO: TWO SIGNINGS

November 10, 2014
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©Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb from “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image,” Aperture Books, 2nd printing, 2014

PLEASE JOIN ALEX AND REBECCA for two book signings at PARIS PHOTO at the Grand Palais:

Friday, Nov. 14, 3:30-4:30: Aperture Booth

Saturday, Nov. 15, 3-4pm: Radius Books

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©Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb from “Memory City,” Radius Books”

 

WORKSHOPS

——NEW WEEKEND WORKSHOP IN SEATTLE FIRST WEEKEND IN FEBRUARY:  

http://pcnw.org/education/workshops/featured/master-workshop-finding-your-vision/

——NEW APERTURE WEEKEND WORKSHOP AT APERTURE FOUNDATION, NYC: TO ENROLL IN THE WORKSHOP FOLLOW THIS LINK

——ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT: FINDING YOUR VISION @ MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL, Monday Dec. 1-Friday Dec. 5, 2014.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:

——THRU NOV. 29, BOSTON, MEMORY CITY at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY; SLANT RHYMES at ARS LIBRI WITH ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY;

REVIEW OF THE TWO BOSTON SHOWS BY ELIN SPRING.

——THRU DEC. 27TH, CHICAGO: MEMORY CITY AT STEPHEN DAITER GALLERY: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_4&VBID=2K1HZOQ8FXXCC2&IID=2K1HRG6CK7MT&PN=1 

REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS

——MEMORY CITY REVIEW in Fraction

——SLANT RHYMES: Interview with Teju Cole and the Webb on the New Yorker Photo Booth

NEW WORKSHOP: Weekend at Aperture, NYC

November 3, 2014
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©Rebecca Norris Webb, Alex Webb, “Memory City” at Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago (Nov. 7-Dec. 27) and Robert Klein Gallery thru Nov. 29, 2014

Do you know where you’re going next with your photography—or where it’s taking you?

This intensive weekend workshop will help photographers begin to understand their own distinct way of seeing the world. It will also help photographers figure out their next step photographically, from deepening a unique vision, to discovering and completing a long-term project, to translating a body of work into books and exhibitions. This is a workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, taught by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a creative team which often edits projects and books together. This includes their two recent joint books Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image (Aperture, 2014) and Memory City (2014); Alex’s The Suffering of Light (Aperture, 2011); and Rebecca’s My Dakota (2012).

This weekend workshop will begin with reviews of each participant’s work on Saturday morning, a process that will spark a larger discussion about various photographic issues, including the process of photographing spontaneously and intuitively; how to edit photographs; how to work in cultures different from one’s own; and how long-term projects can evolve into books and exhibitions. The first day will end with a group editing exercise and an optional photography or editing assignment. Sunday will be dedicated to reviewing each participant’s assignment, as well as a series of presentations about bookmaking and exhibitions that will end with an informal Q&A session with the Webbs. Lunch will be served both days.

TO ENROLL IN THE WORKSHOP FOLLOW THIS LINK

EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS:

——LAST MONTH TO ENROLL: FINDING YOUR VISION @ MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL, Monday Dec. 1-Friday Dec. 5, 2014.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS, REVIEWS:

——THRU NOV. 29, BOSTON, MEMORY CITY at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY; SLANT RHYMES at ARS LIBRI WITH ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY;

REVIEW OF THE TWO BOSTON SHOWS BY ELIN SPRING.

——FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7: CHICAGO: MEMORY CITY ARTIST RECEPTION, TALK, AND BOOK SIGNING, STEPHEN DAITER GALLERY: 5:30-8, with artist talk from 5:30-6pm

——PARIS PHOTO BOOK SIGNINGS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, Grand Palais, Paris: APERTURE BOOTH: 3:30pm book signing with the Webbs of “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image” and Alex’s “The Suffering of Light”; SATURDAY, NOV. 15, 3:00pm at RADIUS BOOKS booth: Webb book signing of “Memory City” and some of the last copies of “My Dakota” and some of their limited editions.

 

REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS

——MEMORY CITY REVIEW in Fraction

——SLANT RHYMES: Interview with Teju Cole and the Webb on the New Yorker Photo Booth

 

MEMORY CITY at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY thru Nov. 29

October 30, 2014
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“Memory City” at Robert Klein Gallery and “Slant Rhymes” at Ars Libri with RKG held over thru Nov. 29:

http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/the-webbs-visual-duets-in-boston/

EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS:

——NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: APERTURE WEEKEND WORKSHOP, NYC, LAST WEEKEND IN MARCH 2015; discount for students and Aperture patrons:

——NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: FINDING YOUR VISION @ MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL, Monday Dec. 1-Friday Dec. 5, 2014.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS, REVIEWS:

——THRU OCT. 31, BOSTON, MEMORY CITY at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY; SLANT RHYMES at ARS LIBRI WITH ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY;

REVIEW OF THE TWO BOSTON SHOWS BY ELIN SPRING.

——FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7: CHICAGO: MEMORY CITY ARTIST RECEPTION, TALK, AND BOOK SIGNING, STEPHEN DAITER GALLERY: 5:30-8, with artist talk from 5:30-6pm

——PARIS PHOTO BOOK SIGNINGS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, \Grand Palais, Paris: APERTURE BOOTH: 3:30pm book signing with the Webbs of “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image” and Alex’s “The Suffering of Light”; SATURDAY, NOV. 15, 3:00pm at RADIUS BOOKS booth: Webb book signing of “Memory City” and some of the last copies of “My Dakota” and some of their limited editions.

GROUP SHOWS

——THURSDAY, SEPT. 18-November 1, 2013, “Rectangular Squares,” at Sepia Eye Gallery, NYC, a group exhibition with Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, and other photographers. Sepia Eye is located at 547 W. 27th, 6th floor.

——SATURDAY, OCT. 11-OCT. 19, CASTELNUOVOFOTOGRAFIA FESTIVA, ITALY: CONTATTI: Contact sheets and prints of Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, Jason Eskenazi, Donna Ferrato, Lucia Nimcova, Roger Ballen, Callie Shell, and Anders Petersen.

REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS

——MEMORY CITY REVIEW in Fraction

——SLANT RHYMES: Interview with Teju Cole and the Webb on the New Yorker Photo Booth

APERTURE BOOK PARTY: Saturday, Oct. 25, 3pm

October 23, 2014
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©Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, “Memory City” at Robert Klein Gallery, Boston; with “Slant Rhymes” at Ars Libri/RKG, Boston, thru Oct. 31

APERTURE BOOK PARTY with Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, Larry Fink and Denise Wolff, 3pm: https://www.aperture.org/event/photography-workshop-series-fink-webbs/

“There is a poem by the twelfth-century Telugu poet Nanne Coda that I often think about: ‘An arrow shot by an archer/ or a poem made by a poet/ should cut through your heart/ jolting the head.’ We go to photography for this shock of recognition that registers in the body. When I took a workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb at the Aperture Foundation in New York City, I found among my fellow students a shared curiosity about what can make a photograph work in this way, what can help it transcend the ordinary. We all wanted to know how to bring out the potential in our photographic visions.

We were all drawn to this particular workshop, in the first place, by our admiration for the teachers’ photography. Alex Webb’s pictures are justly celebrated prodigies of vision. In three decades of work, he has created a distinctive voice that is radically different from its street-photography antecedents, the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Lee Friedlander. And yet, his labyrinthine and tightly constructed pictures are also deeply soulful, often hinting at realities beyond the visible by a skillful use of hot color and inky shadow. Geoff Dyer, in his afterword to Alex’s monograph ‘The Suffering of Light,’ aptly described him as a ‘metaphysical photographer.’

Soulfulness is also key to Rebecca Norris Webb’s work, which is otherwise stylistically different from Alex’s. In Rebecca’s street photography, what we get is not the complex geometry of public interactions, but the capture of private moods in semi-public spaces, in the tradition of those quietly reflective photographs of Andre Kertesz, Robert Frank, Saul Leiter, images that suggest as much about the photographer’s interiority as the wider world. I think of her images as being ventilated, full of entrances and exits. She is a visual poet of thresholds, often making use of reflections, aquaria, curtains, windows to evoke those other more metaphoric meeting places —between one’s interior landscape and the natural world, reverie and reality, life and death. I remember sitting down with her book ‘My Dakota.’ After a while, I was drawn into the intense quiet of those photos. The world fell away. I could hear my heart beating. The hush, grief, and emotional undertow as I turned each page made me curious: how does a photographer create such stillness?

But we students were not there to learn specific styles of photography. There was no question of imitating either Rebecca or Alex. We were after some greater wisdom: about the attitude in which one presses the shutter, the thinking with which a series of photos might be sequenced, and the realities one has to negotiate to turn an idea for a book into a crafted physical object. In a congenial and collegial atmosphere, they taught us how to pursue those moments of fugitive poetry that are at the heart of great photography.”—Teju Cole, introduction to “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image”

ONE TUITION-FREE WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIP available for the upcoming FINDING YOUR VISION @ THE MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL. This scholarship is available to all photographers, 18 and older.

To apply, please email:

  • 10 small jpgs (72dpi, 8 inches on longest side)
  • Include a 100 word essay about your relationship with photography (such as student, passionate amateur, photojournalist, photography teacher, fine art photographer), and what you see as your next step photographically (in a word doc, if possible)
  • Include your name, address

DEADLINE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 27TH, 2014

EMAIL THIS APPLICATION TO: Alex and Rebecca, webbnorriswebb@gmail.com, and please place the word, SCHOLARSHIP, on the subject line.

To learn more about the  FINDING YOUR VISION WORKSHOP IN MIAMI.

EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS:

—SATURDAY, OCT. 25, APERTURE FOUNDATION, NYC, 3-4:30PM: Join Aperture, Larry Fink, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb for an afternoon of presentations and readings from the recently launched The Photography Workshop Series. In the series, Aperture works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches, teachings, and insights on photography—offering the workshop experience in a book.

Fink and the Webbs will present their titles, Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation and Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Imagefollowed by a Q&A with the books’ editor, Denise Wolff, and book signings.  For more information on the book party follow this link.

——NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: FINDING YOUR VISION @ MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL, Monday Dec. 1-Friday Dec. 5, 2014.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS, REVIEWS:

——THRU OCT. 31, BOSTON, MEMORY CITY at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY; SLANT RHYMES at ARS LIBRI WITH ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY;

REVIEW OF THE TWO BOSTON SHOWS BY ELIN SPRING.

——FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7: CHICAGO: MEMORY CITY ARTIST RECEPTION, TALK, AND BOOK SIGNING, STEPHEN DAITER GALLERY: 5:30-8, with artist talk from 5:30-6pm

——PARIS PHOTO BOOK SIGNINGS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, \Grand Palais, Paris: APERTURE BOOTH: 3:30pm book signing with the Webbs of “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image” and Alex’s “The Suffering of Light”; SATURDAY, NOV. 15, 3:00pm at RADIUS BOOKS booth: Webb book signing of “Memory City” and some of the last copies of “My Dakota” and some of their limited editions.

GROUP SHOWS

——THURSDAY, SEPT. 18-November 1, 2013, “Rectangular Squares,” at Sepia Eye Gallery, NYC, a group exhibition with Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, and other photographers. Sepia Eye is located at 547 W. 27th, 6th floor.

——SATURDAY, OCT. 11-OCT. 19, CASTELNUOVOFOTOGRAFIA FESTIVA, ITALY: CONTATTI: Contact sheets and prints of Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, Jason Eskenazi, Donna Ferrato, Lucia Nimcova, Roger Ballen, Callie Shell, and Anders Petersen.

REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS

——MEMORY CITY REVIEW in Fraction

——SLANT RHYMES: Interview with Teju Cole and the Webb on the New Yorker Photo Booth

 


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