NEW SCHOLARSHIP: Friends of Mary Ellen Mark Scholarship for a young Mexican photographer to attend  our Oaxaca workshop in February 2018 tuition-free. See below for details. ©Alex Webb, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1984, from his Aperture book, La Calle


—APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN for the Friends of Mary Ellen Mark Scholarship for a young Mexican photographer (18-30, living in Mexico or abroad) to attend our Oaxaca workshop tuition-free in February 2018.  JUDGES: Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, and Aperture Foundation Senior Editor Denise Wolff, who edited Aperture’s Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment:   SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE:  JULY 10, 2017.

—NOW NEARLY FULL: Finding Your Vision: Oaxaca, Mexico 2018, Sunday evening. Feb. 11-Saturday evening, Feb. 17, 2018.  Applications open May 1, 2017.  Applications close: May 31, 2017.  To learn more, including how to apply, click on this link.


—MADRID: Due of popular demand, the Slant Rhymes joint exhibition by the Webbs at La Fabrica has been extended through the end of August 2017.  Follow this link to learn more about the new book and exhibition.

—MILAN: Rebecca’s My Dakota exhibition at Officine Fotografiche, Milan,  April 27-May 26th, 2017, and then travels to Sicily.  More information (in Italian) at this link.

—ROLLING STONE ITALY features a selection of work from My Dakota at OF, Milan.


—REGGIO EMILIA, ITALY: Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb opens Thursday, May 5, 2017, as part of FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA, Spazio Fotografia San Zenone, 5pm. Through June 30, 2017. Details here (in Italian).

Alex’s La Calle photographs featured in the New York Review of Books Daily accompanied by a story by noted Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue: “[Webb’s] superb pictures are all about the way in which the brutal light of Mexico casts a shadow on what one would rather not see. Webb is a master of color, but satisfied, too, to leave things in the darkness.”— Álvaro Enrigue, from “The Street with Trotsky’s Bones,” in NYR Daily.


NEW BOOK: Cloth cover of Slant Rhymes (English edition) and Rimas de reojo (Spanish edition), designed to echo a poetry book by La Fabrica; Slant Rhymes exhibition at La Fabrica, Madrid, will run through May 22.


—FINDING YOUR VISION: SAN FRANCISCO:  Saturday Sept. 23-Thursday Sept. 28, 2017

This workshop will be about finding your own unique vision of San Francisco and the Bay Area by using the camera to explore the region in a direct, spontaneous way.  Open to both serious amateurs and professionals alike, it is a workshop that will emphasize the development of your own personal way of seeing photographically.  This workshop will also be about learning how to edit your work intuitively, and will include discussions about how to take your photography to the next level.

APPLICATIONS OPEN: Monday, April 2, 2017

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Monday June 5, 2017 (or until the workshop fills)

WORKSHOP LIMIT: 16 photographers

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: 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:


—SLANT RHYMES NOW AVAILABLE IN THE UK, AS WELL AS SPAIN.  Link to video of the book at PhotoBookStore UK.

—REBECCA’S PHOTOGRAPHS IN THIS SUNDAY’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 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.


—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.



©Rebecca Norris Webb, from La Fabrica book and Madrid exhibition Rimas de Reojo/Slant Rhymes thru May 23

—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



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



“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

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