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Memory City at Robert Koch Gallery

August 31, 2015
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©Alex Webb, “Dancehall,” from “Memory City” at Robert Koch Gallery

Please join Alex and Rebecca at the Robert Koch Gallery for the artist reception and book signing of “Memory City” on Thursday, Sept. 10th, from 5:30-7:30pm.  The exhibition will be up through Nov. 14, 2015.

WORKSHOP UPDATE:  Due to a cancellation, there’s one spot left in the small, intimate workshop, The Art of Editing.  For more information, please contact Alex and Rebecca at the Webb Workshops email: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Blue Secondhand Prom Dress,” Memory City

 

 

 

TWO TALKS: Cleveland Museum of Art

July 14, 2015
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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Badlands,” from “My Dakota” at The Cleveland Museum of Art thru midAugust

Please join Alex and Rebecca for two talks and book signings the weekend of July 17-19, 2015, at The Cleveland Museum of Art:

— Friday, July 17, 6:30 pm, “Slant Rhymes: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” slide talk followed by a Q&A and book signing at The Cleveland Museum of Art

— Sunday, July 19, 3:30 pm, Rebecca Norris Webb artist gallery talk at the “My Dakota” exhibition at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Link to ARTIST INTERVIEW with Alex and Rebecca on The Cleveland Museum of Art blog.

Due to a last minute cancellation, there’s one spot left in The Art of Editing Workshop, NYC, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2015.  For more information, please email Alex and Rebecca: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

IN MEMORIAM: Charles Harbutt, 1935-2015

July 1, 2015
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©Estate of Charles Harbutt, “Sarah in Window,” Cushing’s Island, Maine, 1968, from his book, “Travelog,” MIT Press, 1973

“I first met Charlie Harbutt at a workshop in 1972 when I was 20. Right away I realized this man understood photography like no one I’d ever encountered. It wasn’t so much what Charlie said directly, for his comments often seemed to be cryptic asides about one element in an image, or how a given photograph reminded him of some other photograph. No, more often than not, it seemed that what Charlie didn’t say was as meaningful as anything he said. His pauses conveyed worlds. Thinking back about this contradiction, I wonder if his understated way of talking about photography was somehow echoing photography itself—for isn’t it often what’s left out of the frame that’s key to a photograph’s power and resonance? I consider Charlie’s afterword to his book Travelog to be one of the most insightful pieces of writing about the process of photography I’ve ever read.

What I find fascinating about much of his work —from the early Blind Boy series to his last book, Departures and Arrivals — is a deep, dark, metaphysical quality. His best photographs seem to suggest both the enigma of life — as well as its weight.

I will miss Charlie. I will miss his sense of irony, keen intelligence, and off beat humor. I will miss the surprise of his contrarian views as well as his generosity. My only consolation is that at least we are left with his unique and remarkable photographs.”—Alex Webb

Link to Charlie Harbutt’s last book,  Departures and Arrivals (Damiani, 2012) on Amazon.

 

My Dakota: American Photo

June 23, 2015

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©Rebecca Norris Webb,  “Cottonwoods,” from My Dakota at the Cleveland Museum of Art thru Aug. 16

Struggling with a new project, I’ve found Robert Adams’ work has been very much on my mind. So it was a nice surprise to see his work featured in AMERICAN PHOTO’S Ten Best New Exhibits of the Summer, alongside My Dakota at THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART. I love the accidental slant rhyme of these two adjacent images (his is #8, mine #9) both involving houses—his an interior, mine reflections of a row of houses at the bottom of the frame. It brings to mind this wonderful quote by one of my favorite authors, Alice Munro: “A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house.”

So thanks, American Photo, for reminding me that sometimes the best way forward is to turn and take a long look back. And thanks, Lindsay Comstack, for your below insights about the My Dakota exhibition at CMA.—Rebecca Norris Webb

“In attempting to evoke the wonder, curiosity, and magic moments that unfold in life, taking shape as form, dynamic color planes, and a surreal perspective on space, Rebecca Norris Webb returned to her home state of South Dakota to produce a body of work. The resulting series is at once imaginative and nostalgic: for home, for the changing American West, for the human impact on the land, for her brother who passed away unexpectedly one year into the project. The astounding photographs appear somber and thoughtful in tone; an unexpected eulogy to the passing of time and the cycle of life.”—Lindsay Comstack, American Photo, “The Best New Photography Exhibits of Summer 2015” G

©Robert Adams, from “The Memory of Time” at the National Museum of Art in DC this summer, along with work by Harry Callahan and Ilse Bing.

 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

——A FEW SPACE 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.

——ONE SPOT LEFT: THE ART OF EDITING: Thursday Oct. 28-Sunday Nov. 1, 2015 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.

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

On Beginnings and Endings

June 15, 2015
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©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

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 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

——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

$100 PRINT SALE: Alex Webb, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1979, thru Friday, June 12

June 9, 2015

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1979

©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.

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©Alex Webb, Cleveland Museum of Art. Installation of Rebecca’s My Dakota show

 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

——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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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Badlands” from “My Dakota” at The Cleveland Museum of Art thru August 16, 2015

THREE EXHIBITIONS: Milan, Cleveland and Savannah

May 19, 2015
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©Alex Webb, Kochi, India, 2014, from “Spices” at Expo Milano

Pleased to announce three exhibitions opening this May in three cities: Milan, Cleveland, and Savannah, Georgia.  Below you’ll find a list of the exhibition and related events.

MILAN, ITALY, Alex Webb “Spices” at Milano Expo thru the fall

—Friday, May 22, 6:30pm, Book signing with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb at Leica Store Milano

—Wed., June 3, 5:30: Slide talk about “Spices” in Turin, Italy, with Q&A with La Stampa’s Mario Calabresi

“SPICES”: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_4&VBID=2K1HZOQ8FP3TIR&IID=24PV7CHPBTL&PN=4

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART: “My Dakota: Photographs by Rebecca Norris Webb,” thru Aug. 16th

—Friday, July 17th, 6:30pm, “Slant Rhymes: Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb” with book signing, Q&A

—Sunday, July 19th, 3:30-4:30pm, “My Dakota” gallery talk with Rebecca at The Cleveland Museum of Art

—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

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA: “IN PASSING: American Landscape Photography” at SCAD Museum of Art thru September 27th

With work by Ansel Adams, Aaron Brumbelow, Tom Fischer, Jeff Rich, Victoria Sambunaris, and Rebecca Norris Webb, curated by SCAD head curator of exhibitions Storm Janse van Rensburg:

“Spanning from intimate and subjective to more scientific and objective approaches, the exhibition “In Passing: American Landscape Photography” invites the viewer to consider our complex relations to the land and environment as consumers, observers and participants in its constant flux…

Rebecca Norris Webb’s “My Dakota” takes a poetic track and is concerned with memory, time and geographies of loss. Images from the series trace the artist’s return to where she came of age and attempt to capture a personal and intimate view of the American West. The vantage point from a traveling car is central to her photographs in the exhibition, providing a fleeting yet personal engagement with the environment.”—from “In Passing” at SCAD Museum of Art

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Blackbirds” from “My Dakota” at the Cleveland Museum of Art and “In Passing” at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia

FALL WORKSHOPS

——THE ART OF EDITING: Thursday Oct. 28-Sunday Nov. 1, 2015

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.

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

Cleveland Museum of Art.  Installation of Rebecca Norris Webb's My Dakota show

©Alex Webb, Cleveland Museum of Art. Installation of Rebecca’s My Dakota show

 

 

 

 

My Dakota @ Cleveland Museum of Art

May 12, 2015
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©Alex Webb. Installation of Rebecca Norris Webb’s My Dakota show at Cleveland Museum of Art, May 12, 2015

My Dakota opens this week at the Cleveland Museum of Art, with Rebecca installing her handwritten text pieces on the museum walls on Wednesday, May 13th.—Alex Webb

Link to the CMA “My Dakota” exhibition: http://www.clevelandart.org/events/exhibitions/my-dakota-photographs-rebecca-norris-webb

WORKSHOP UPDATE

A FEW SPACES LEFT IN THE SUMMER WORKSHOP: FINDING YOUR VISION @ THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART: Friday, July 17-Sunday, July 19th. For more information including how to enroll online: http://www.clevelandart.org/learn/workshop/finding-your-vision-weekend-workshop-alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb

EXPO MILANO 2015

May 1, 2015

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“I guess it’s not surprising that my photographs of Indian spices—and the cultures and events surrounding them—teem with hot reds, intense oranges, and vivid yellows.”—Alex Webb

©Alex Webb, from “Spices” at EXPO MILANO 2015 May 1-fall 2015.  See events below with Alex and Rebecca later in May in Milan.

WORKSHOP NEWS

——NEW WORKSHOP: FINDING YOUR VISION: MILAN, May 23 and 24:

http://www.akademie.leica-camera.it/portfolio-articoli/webb_norris/

——FINDING YOUR VISION @ THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART: Friday, July 17-Sunday, July 19th.

For more information, here is the link to the workshop description:

http://www.clevelandart.org/learn/workshop/finding-your-vision-weekend-workshop-alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb

——THE ART OF EDITING: Thursday Oct. 28-Sunday Nov. 1, 2015

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.

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 (Applications open March 1, 2015) webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

——FINDING YOUR VISION @ Anderson Ranch, Colorado, Aug. 17-21, Snowmass, Colorado. For more information, including how to apply online: http://www.andersonranch.org/finding-your-vision-p1231/

 

DIALOGUES: Photography and Poetry @ ICP

April 23, 2015
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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Blackbirds,” from “Dialogues”

On Friday, April 24th, please join Alex, Rebecca, poet Tom Sleigh, and photographers Aaron Stern and Brian Merriam for “Dialogues: 36 Photographs and 20 Poems” at the International Center of Photography, 6:30-8pm, for this free slide talk, poetry reading, and book signing in New York:

http://www.icp.org/events/dialogues-36-photographs-20-poems

 

BEFORE RAIN

Whatever you do, there are rockets falling,

and after the rockets, smoke climbing

up through walls that are exploding.

Trees grow up where there once were people,weeds

take over beds of lettuces and coddled flowers,

uprearing mole hills unpopulate the fields…

The old bones on the mountain that stand upright

and shakewhen winds blow up from the shore,

old bones that shake when the winds roar

now dangle in the void of an unknown dimension.

Forget all this, says Earth to the stars.

—excerpt from the poem, “Before Rain,” by Tom Sleigh, in “Dialogues”

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Alex Webb, “San Ysidro, California, 1979,” from “Dialogues

WORKSHOP NEWS

——NEW WORKSHOP: FINDING YOUR VISION: MILAN, May 23 and 24:

http://www.akademie.leica-camera.it/portfolio-articoli/webb_norris/

—LAST WEEK TO APPLY:  PALMER WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIP for Finding Your Vision @ The Cleveland Museum of Art.  Scroll below to previous posting to see details on how to apply.  Application Deadline: April 30, 2015.

 OTHER WORKSHOPS:

——FINDING YOUR VISION @ THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART: Friday, July 17-Sunday, July 19th.

For more information, here is the link to the workshop description:

http://www.clevelandart.org/learn/workshop/finding-your-vision-weekend-workshop-alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb

——THE ART OF EDITING: Thursday Oct. 28-Sunday Nov. 1, 2015

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.

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 (Applications open March 1, 2015) webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

——FINDING YOUR VISION @ Anderson Ranch, Colorado, Aug. 17-21, Snowmass, Colorado. For more information, including how to apply online: http://www.andersonranch.org/finding-your-vision-p1231/


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