©Alex Webb, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1979
“The sad, vibrant, tragic, beguiling country of Haiti has been key to my photography. After reading Graham Greene’s The Comedians—a novel set in Haiti that both fascinated and scared me—I made my first trip to Haiti in 1975. But, photographing in black and white, I soon realized that something was missing: I wasn’t capturing a sense of the searing light, the intense color, and the heat — physical as well as perhaps metaphysical—of this country so different than the grey-brown reticence of New England where I grew up. I wasn’t dealing with the emotional intensity of my experience of this vivid and troubled land. So when I returned to Haiti four years later, I decided to work in color.
As I wandered through the porticos of downtown Port-au-Prince in 1979, I remember spotting this man with a bouquet of bulrushes — strikingly outlined against a vibrant red wall — as a second man, in shadow, rushed by. I took the photograph. I slowly began to realize it was time to leave black and white behind.”—Alex Webb, from Magnum Photos “Photographs That Changed Everything” Square Print Sale. To purchase Alex’s “Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1979” small print above online—and help to support Alex and Rebecca’s new joint project this summer—follow this link.
“MY DAKOTA” IN THE NEWS: Television interview with Cleveland Museum of Art Curator of Photography Barbara Tannenbaum about Rebecca’s “My Dakota” exhibition in the museum (through Aug. 16): Link here.
——A FEW SPACES LEFT: Friday July 17-Sunday July 19: FINDING YOUR VISION @ Cleveland Museum of Art, weekend workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, discount for students and CMA members:http://www.clevelandart.org/learn/workshop/finding-your-vision-weekend-workshop-alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb This workshop will also include a joint talk at CMA and gallery talk by Rebecca of the “My Dakota” exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
——THE ART OF EDITING: Thursday Oct. 28-Sunday Nov. 1, 2015Do 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: email@example.com