On Beginnings and Endings


©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Fallen Apples,” from “My Dakota” at the Cleveland Museum of Art thru August 16, 2015

Last night, thinking about Paul Valéry and the mystery of beginnings (a new project looming) led me to revisit a particular ending before falling asleep (My Dakota’s final image: fallen apples that I unexpectedly came upon while driving across the nearly treeless prairie…).

“The opening line of a poem is like finding a fruit on the ground.. a piece of fallen fruit that you’ve never seen before. The poet’s task is to create the tree from which such a fruit would fall. ”—Paul Valéry

Sleeping fitfully, I dreamed of the largest sycamore I’ve ever seen—except in vintage photographs taken near the rural area where I was born—a tree that seemed to be a landscape in and of itself…—Rebecca Norris Webb, Sunday, June 14, 2015



——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:  webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

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