VIOLET ISLE: New Book in London



©Rebecca Norris Webb photograph of pigeon from Havana, originally from the Radius Book, “Violet Isle” (with Alex Webb). This spread is in the new book, “Hungry Still”

“There are two kinds of people in the world — mango people and papaya people,” my sister-in-law, the noted ornithological illustrator Sophie Webb, once told us with a smile.

Each morning in Havana, Alex and I would share breakfast. When it was in season, fresh papaya was Alex’s choice, fresh mango mine. After the meal, we’d go our separate ways — he to photograph the streets of Havana, I to visit yet another Cuban menagerie, which, in Havana was usually a collection of birds, from rooftop pigeon coops to fighting roosters, from commonly caged birds, such as lovebirds and parakeets, to a wilder variety, such as hawks or woodpeckers.

Both of us never ceased to be surprised by the generosity of the Cubans we met. No matter how poor they were, many invited us into their homes to offer us a cup of that rich dark café cubano sweetened by local azúcar.”—Rebecca Norris Webb, from “Hungry Still,” SLIDELUCK POTSHOW London’s new book.

So nice to see “Violet Isle” is in such good company in “Hungry Still,” a book celebrating SLIDELUCK POTSHOW London 5th anniversary with photos and recipes by photographers Cristina de Middel, Sebastian Liste, Phil Toledano, Bryan Schutmaat, among others.



©Alex Webb, Dancehall, Lake Ontario, Rochester, NY, from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books, June 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


—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:

——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:

——Finding Your Vision @ Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm, Saturday, June 7th-Wed. June 11, 2014:  THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL; WAIT LIST ONLY


——Link to NEW YORK TIMES LENS blog Q&A with Jim Estrin & Alex and Mound Bayou slide show:



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