Archive for April, 2014

TWO NEW WORKSHOPS: San Francisco and NYC

April 29, 2014
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©Alex Webb, “Rochester, 2012,” from “Memory City” (with Rebecca Norris Webb)

  • 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.
  • NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: PHOTO PROJECT 2014, Sunday Oct. 26-Sat. Nov. 1, 2014. This intimate bookmaking workshop is open to only 10 photographers. To learn more, including how to apply click here.  Or email Alex and Rebecca for more information: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com
  • LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION: FINDING YOUR VISION @ FOTOGRAFISKA, JUNE 7-11 in Stockholm.  Please email Alex and Rebecca as soon as possible if you’re interested, since we expect this spot to fill quickly: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

 

 

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Amanda and Her Flower Girl Dress,” from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books (US)/Thames and Hudson (Europe), available in June or to preorder now

 

 

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ART IN AMERICA: Memory City

April 17, 2014

 

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©Alex Webb, from “Memory City” (with Rebecca Norris Webb), Radius Books and Thames and Hudson, spring 2014, as published in Art in America, April 2014

“[Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb] were attracted by [Rochester’s] rich photographic tradition (besides Kodak’s 134 years there, it’s also home to the George Eastman House, the country’s first photographic museum, and the Visual Studies Workshop, a center for photography and other media arts founded by Nathan Lyons) and its historical significance as a center of progressive activity during the 19th century (counting Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony as residents). They turned their attention, however, to today’s Rochester: ‘a city,’ wrote Alex Webb in an email to A.i.A., ‘struggling with many of the urban ills that bedevil so many U.S. Rust Belt cities’ yet endowed with ‘its own unique sense of energy and community.’

Memory City is the couple’s second book, following their exploration of modern-day Cuba in 2009’s Violet Isle. Photographing Rochester’s streets, Webb contributes black-and-white images taken with his last rolls of Kodachrome (which can no longer be processed in color), interspersed with digital full-color pictures, whereas Norris Webb, using only film, offers still lifes and portraits of women from the region. ‘We knew from the start we wanted the conceptual collaboration to be as layered as Rochester itself and the many cities, past and present, within in,’ Norris Webb wrote, with the pair aiming for ‘an elegiac tone befitting the fading days of Kodak and film.'”—ART IN AMERICA, April 2014

WORKSHOP UPDA

  • —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: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com
  • NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: PHOTO PROJECT 2014, Sunday Oct. 26-Sat. Nov. 1, 2014.  This intimate bookmaking workshop is open to only 10 photographers.  To learn more, including how to apply: http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/#mi=4&pt=0&pi=3
  • SCHOLARSHIP  FOR “FINDING YOUR VISION @ FESTIWAL LODZ FOR A POLISH PHOTOGRAPHER SPONSORED BY MAGNUM PHOTOS.  DEADLINE MAY 12.  MORE INFORMATION HERE IN POLISH.  AND LINK HERE TO ENGLISH TRANSLATION
  • 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 May workshop. To apply, please contact Alex and Rebecca directly at this email: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

 

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Blue Secondhand Prom Dress,” from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books, US/T&H, Europe, spring 2014

TWO EXHIBITS: Houston and Tbilisi

April 12, 2014
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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Blackbirds,” in two group exhibitions “Ladies Only” at the Tbilisi, Georgia, Museum of Modern Art, and “Dreamscapes,” part of Houston FotoFest Biennial

Please join me in congratulating Rebecca whose work will be in two different cities — Tbilisi, Georgia and Houston, Texas, USA — in two group exhibitions:  “DREAMSCAPES,” a three-person show curated by Jean Caslin and Diane Griffin Gregory that’s part of Houston FotoFest Biennial 2014 that opened last week through August 2014, and “LADIES ONLY,” a group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Tbilisi, Georgia, of more than 30 women photographers curated by the incomparable Cologne, German curator Tina Schelhorn, that opens the first week in May. —Alex Webb

Link to DREAMSCAPE exhibition.

 

 

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “One-Room Schoolhouse,” “Ghost Mountain,” and “The Sky Below” from “Dreamscapes,” Houston

 

 

ALEX AND REBECCA’S UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

—FIRST WEBB WORKSHOP IN POLAND JUST ANNOUNCED.  This four-day MAGNUM PHOTOS WORKSHOP will coincide with the FOTOFESTIWAL LODZ in early June.  Space is limited, and this workshop is expected to sell out rather quickly:

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8V31HKN&IID=2K1HRG5YYKK6&PN=31

—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:

webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

——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 May workshop. To apply, please contact Alex and Rebecca directly at this email:

webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

 

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Jellyfish, Mystic, Connecticut,” from the book, “The Glass Between Us,” and the “Dreamscapes” exhibition in Houston thru August 2014

 

LINKS, REVIEWS, ARTICLES, AND MORE:

——LINK TO AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE MAY/JUNE 2014:

http://www.americanphotomag.com/article/2014/04/alex-and-rebecca-norris-webb-rochester-reverie

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

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/alex-webb-looks-back-in-black-and-white/?smid=tw-share

——ALEX’S PHOTOGRAPHS FROM INDIA’S KUMBH MELA IN FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/kumbh-mela/spinney-text

“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

http://www.artnews.com/2014/02/13/11-edgy-art-books-document-the-bizarre-bygone-and-adorable/

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AMERICAN PHOTO: Memory City

April 4, 2014
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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Amanda and Her Flower Girl Dress,” from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books/Thames&Hudson, June 2014

“For their project Memory City, photographers Rebecca Norris Webb and her husband Alex Webb traveled to Rochester, New York—the home of Eastman Kodak for 125 years—to document the city in the wake of the company’s bankruptcy in 2012 and to pay tribute to their respective relationships to analog imagery.

Both photographers used Kodak film for this project. Her husband shot with Koda­chrome, his sole medium for more than 30 years; its once-vibrant color can now be processed only with black-and-white chemistry, giving it a distressed look he likens to fading memories. Norris Webb, who still uses film for all her work, used Portra, inspired by an analogy of the medium as a woman’s special-occasion outfit—memorable, but fleeting, worn only once. ‘I think it’s the tactile quality that I’ll miss most when I have to eventually switch to digital,” she says. “That slip of celluloid that’s accompanied me to every moment I’ve ever photographed, like a delicate yet indelible dress.’

Norris Webb’s portraits of Rochester women include the image shown here, of the Webbs’ former assistant, Amanda Webster. She and her family reflect the city’s past and present in photography: Her father and grand­father both worked for Kodak, and Amanda is currently studying photog­raphy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Norris Webb photo­graphed her in her grandmother’s house in the 14621 neighbohood—known by its zip code, it’s one of the most ethnically diverse in the city—in the spring of 2012, holding a dress she had worn to an uncle’s wedding.”—Jill C. Shomer, American Photo Magazine, May-June 2014 issue

LINK TO AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE MAY/JUNE 2014: 

http://www.americanphotomag.com/article/2014/04/alex-and-rebecca-norris-webb-rochester-reverie

ALEX AND REBECCA’S UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

—FIRST WEBB WORKSHOP IN POLAND JUST ANNOUNCED.  This four-day MAGNUM PHOTOS WORKSHOP will coincide with the FOTOFESTIWAL LODZ in early June.  Space is limited, and this workshop is expected to sell out rather quickly:

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8V31HKN&IID=2K1HRG5YYKK6&PN=31

—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:

webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

——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 May workshop. To apply, please contact Alex and Rebecca directly at this email:

webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

LINKS, REVIEWS, ARTICLES, AND MORE:

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

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/alex-webb-looks-back-in-black-and-white/?smid=tw-share

——ALEX’S PHOTOGRAPHS FROM INDIA’S KUMBH MELA IN FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/kumbh-mela/spinney-text

“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

http://www.artnews.com/2014/02/13/11-edgy-art-books-document-the-bizarre-bygone-and-adorable/