Rebecca and I are continuing to work on our new joint project, “Memory City,” and above is one of my photographs from our most recent trip in July. We’ll be editing and sequencing the project this summer, and hope to post more work early fall. Until then, hope to see some of you out West late July and early August at one of the two events below. ––Alex Webb
To say farewell to the TWO LOOKS online community for the summer, I’ve decided to post one of my favorite American road-trip poems that I was reading while working on “My Dakota.” It’s called “Traveling Through the Dark,” by a fellow Westerner, the late William Stafford. While I was living in Seattle, I had the good fortunate to hear Stafford read this wonderful poem, which most agree is his best. The soft-spoken Stafford’s poem always brings to mind my father’s advice about driving South Dakota back roads at dusk, a time when you may very well encounter more mule deer and pronghorn than other cars.––Rebecca Norris Webb
––TUESDAY, JULY 31, 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.
––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.
RECENT LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:
LINK TO REBECCA’S Q&A IN THE SIOUX FALLS ARGUS LEADER, JULY 29, 2012.
TRAVELING THROUGH THE DARK
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA
––Friday Oct. 12 thru Sunday Oct. 14: Boston: Weekend Workshop, produced by the Robert Klein Gallery 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 joint book and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exhibition, “Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba,” Alex’s recent Aperture book, “The Suffering of Light,” and Rebecca’s new Radius book, “My Dakota.” Included in the workshop will be an editing exercise as well as an optional photography assignment and long-term project review. For more information –– including how to enroll and daily schedule –– please contact Maja at the Robert Klein Gallery: email@example.com
––Sunday, Oct. 21st through Sat., Oct. 27th, 2012: PROJECT WORKSHOP 2012 @ CAPTION GALLERY, DUMBO, BROOKLYN. There are three places left in this 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA: JULY, AUGUST, SEPT., OCT.
––THURSDAY, JUNE 21, thru August 17, 2012: RICCO MARESCA GALLERY, NY: “Weather,” a group exhibition with a selection of photographs from MY DAKOTA, 6-8 pm.
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.
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
––SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 11-11:45: “Here and There: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” South Dakota Festival of Books, Orpheum Anne Zabel Theater, with “My Dakota” and “The Suffering of Light” book signing to follow at 1pm with other festival authors.
RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA
–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 7-8:30pm: “Together and Apart: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” Dahl Arts Center, will include the “Our Dakota” slide show, Q&A with the Webbs, and book signing.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7-8:30 PM: Slide Talk with Alex and Rebecca in the Fort Point arts neighborhood of Boston, a talk which is free and open to the public
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 4-5PM: Gallery Talk/Walk Through with Rebecca of her “My Dakota” show with the Robert Klein Gallery at Ars Libri, followed by a Q&A with Rebecca and Alex, who edited “My Dakota” with Rebecca.
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.