Archive for November, 2016

NEW BOOK, EVENTS, WORKSHOPS

November 5, 2016

NEW BOOK: Cloth cover of Slant Rhymes (English edition) and Rimas de reojo (Spanish edition), designed to echo a poetry book by La Fabrica

RECENTLY: NEW ARTICLES, EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

—MADRID, SPAIN, JOINT EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCH OF RIMAS DE REOJO (MARCH 23 ) Rimas de reojo (the Spanish version of Slant Rhymes ), a joint book by Alex and Rebecca will be launched at La Fabrica in Madrid, Calle Alameda, 9along with an accompanying exhibition opening/book signing on Thursday, March 23, at 7pm.   Rimas de reojo was translated into Spanish by Ignacio Fernández Rocafort.

—REBECCA’S PHOTOGRAPHS IN THIS SUNDAYS’S (MARCH 26) NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE.  You can see her photographs now online here, and read the story, “An Improbably 6,000-Mile Boat Trip Around the East Coast,” by Jamie Lauren Keiles.

—NEW WORKSHOP: THE ART OF EDITING: NYC: Thursday Oct. 19-Monday Oct. 12.

Do 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.

APPLICATIONS OPEN: Monday, March 27, 2017.  (Early acceptance available for any former Webb Workshop student, who may apply beginning Monday, March 20, and no jpgs or formal application needed.)

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Monday, May 20, 2017, or until the workshop fills.

TO APPLY: Any former Webb Workshop student doesn’t need to formally apply by sending jpgs. Everyone else needs to email 10 small jpgs (1080 pixels on longest side, 72 dpi) from a project, an event, or recent trip to Alex and Rebecca: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com. Additionally we need a short bio (100-word limit), and short note about why you’d like to take this workshop (100-word limit).

TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION: Please email Alex and Rebecca for more information: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

—ALEX WEBB SHARES THE SECRET TO HIS SUCCESS, Huck Magazine.

NEW BOOK

NEW BOOK: Slant Rhymes (Rimas de reojo, the title of the Spanish edition) is a conversation between two world renowned photographers, Magnum photographer Alex Webb and poet and photographer Rebecca Norris Webb, a married creative couple who have authored 18 books. Selected from photographs taken during the Webbs nearly 30-year friendship and later marriage and creative partnership, this group of 82 photographs are paired one of Alex’s, one of Rebecca’s to create a series of visual rhymes that talk to one another often at a slant and in intriguing and revealing ways. “Sometimes we find our photographic slant rhymes share a similar palette or tone or geometry,” writes Alex Webb in the introduction to the book. “Other times, our paired photographs strike a similar note often a penchant for surreal or surprising or enigmatic moments although often in two different keys.” Made in some 15 countries, these photographs many of which have never before been published are interwoven with short text pieces written by the Webbs while they were working together and apart. Taken together, the work forms a kind unfinished love poem, told at a slant.”—from Amazon UK.  Slant Rhymes will be available in the UK in April, and in the fall in the US and Canada.

LINK TO VIDEO OF SLANT RHYMES/RIMAS DE REOJO, where you can also pre-order RIMAS DE REOJO, the Spanish edition, directly from our small publisher, La Fabrica in Madrid.  Rimas de reojo will be released on March 23.

—Link to pre-order Slant Rhymes (the English edition) on Amazon UK here.  SLANT RHYMES will be released on April 28th in the UK, this fall in the US and Canada.

EXHIBITIONS/UPCOMING EVENTS

—MADRID, SPAIN, UPCOMING JOINT EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCH OF RIMAS DE REOJO (MARCH 23 ) Rimas de reojo (the Spanish version of Slant Rhymes ), a joint book by Alex and Rebecca will be launched at La Fabrica in Madrid, along with an accompanying exhibition opening/book signing on Thursday, March 23.   Rimas de reojo was translated into Spanish by Ignacio Fernández Rocafort.

—ROME/LAST WEEK IN MARCH: MY DAKOTA exhibition: My Dakota will be exhibited in Rome at Officine Fotografiche to celebrate the Italian edition of the book, along with an accompanying workshop, opening and gallery talk/walk through (Friday, March 31st), and joint slide talk/book signing by the Webbs (Wednesday, March 29).  The exhibition will run through April 13, and then travel to Milan.

—BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: THE SUFFERING OF LIGHT through April at the Műcsarnok Museum, part of the Budapest Photography Festival 2017.

—BRUSSELS, THURSDAY MARCH 16, 6:30-9:30pm, “Errand & Epiphany: Photographs of Alex Webb exhibition at A.galerie, Rue de Page, 25, thru May 20th.

—REGGIO EMILIA, ITALY: Alex and Rebecca’s Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba exhibition at Fotografia Europea, May 4 thru the end of June 2017.   Here’s a link to the “Violet Isle Artist Commentary,” an audio presentation, on the MFA, Boston, Museum website, where the exhibition was shown 2011-2012 (there’s also a link at the bottom of the page to the review of the MFA, Boston, show in the Boston Globe).

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, from the upcoming March 2017 La Fabrica book and Madrid exhibition “Rimas de Reojo”/Slant Rhymes

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

—COMING SOON THE WEEK OF MARCH 20TH: More information about fall 2017 workshops, including one in San Francisco late September and one in New York City in midOctober.

—THE APERTURE WORKSHOP BOOK, 3d edition now available—Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image—online at Amazon (US), as well as Amazon in France, Germany, Spain, Canada, Italy, Japan, India, and the UK.

Alex Webb, Havana, 2001

Alex Webb, Havana, 2001, from the upcoming March 2017 La Fabrica book and exhibition “Rimas de Reojo”/Slant Rhymes

 

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, Badlands from My Dakota, 2nd ed. available now on Radius Books website here.

LINK TO INTERVIEW WITH REBECCA ABOUT MY DAKOTA WITH NEW YORK TIMES LENS BLOG’S JIM ESTRIN: “On Prairie, Poetry, and Loss”

LA CALLE REVIEWS

“One never gets the sense that the photographs of Alex Webb’s LA CALLE (Aperture, $60), a collection of streetscapes taken in Mexico between 1975 and 2007, were thought out much in advance. The pictures here present hectic (or eerily still) scenes in medias res, in which something has just happened, or is perhaps about to happen.  Webb thrives on this uncertainty, creating compositions that give the impression that he has just shown up, and is in the process of trying to figure the situation out. The viewer, too, strives to piece together the overload of information: When looking at these brightly colored photographs, it can be difficult to settle on a focal point, or to see how the seemingly unrelated story lines interact.  A singe shot may show vendors, lovers, a bicyclist, children playing, and dogs. The mood can be tough to pin down, too, as people’s faces register wildly different emotions, ranging from laughter to fear to tears.  While each photo here looks curiously at the collective action it presents, the volume as a whole concerns itself with even more far-reaching connections.  As Webb asks: What is the relationship between these portraits, one of which shows a man who appears to have been shot in the street, and the baroque drug violence that has erupted in the country? Webb resists definite answers, but his images suggest, in addition to a celebration of life on the street, a certain volatility—homelessness, poverty, and areas hemmed in by walls.  One photo captures a foot blurring in movement as its owner disappears over a fence.  True to form, Webb leaves us wondering what is being fled, and whether this was a successful escape.”—Michael Miller, from Bookforum’s Roundup of Best Art Books of 2016.

 “In 1978, Webb took a picture of a boy staring warily in a Mexican graveyard, with a horse silhouetted high on a hill in the distance. The image is typical of the Magnum photographer’s three decades of work in Mexico, an engine of both awe and empathy. Webb shot mostly in color, with an eye for hot reds, sky blues, and dusty terra cottas. But in nearly every image such brightness is offset by deep shadow. Some compositions are as stark and strange as anything by de Chirico, but, more typically, the frame is alive with incident: four gesturing figures are anchored by the glass cannisters of a cold-drink stand; three women bend down in grief around a body lying crumpled in the gutter.”—New Yorker review of La Calle, September 2016

NY Times Lens blog

NY Times Lens blog video interview with Jim Estrin and Alex

Wall Street Journal

NBC News 

ArtForum picks

Paris Review

Collector’s Daily

Travel & Leisure

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©AW from La Calle, an exhibition that will be traveling to four museums in Mexico. You can order a copy of the book here.