Posts Tagged ‘Alex Webb’

TWO QUESTIONS: LA Times and Ricco/Maresca

June 17, 2013
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©Alex Webb, Sunday LA Times, 16 June 13

Barbara Davidson, LA Times: I look at your work and I say to myself, Alex Webb must have an insane amount of patience. Your images are so meticulously layered, rich in color, possess a wonderful visual rhythm, and amazing light. Where does this obsession come from? Can you tell me about the process of creating your images?

Alex Webb: The sculptor Henry Moore, late in life, after a long and successful career, said the following:  “The secret in life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life.  And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.”  That quote resonates with my sense of the frustrations and difficulties of street photography.  It also reminds me that my father once said — a little jokingly — to Rebecca that if there were a mythical archetype for me it would be Sisyphus, interminably rolling a boulder up a hill.

To read the full Q&A online:

http://framework.latimes.com/reframed/

 

© Rebecca Norris Webb, “Blackbirds,” from My Dakota

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North Dakota Museum of Art Curator Laurel Reuter: What did you learn from doing the project?

Rebecca Norris Webb: Looking back at My Dakota, I now realize that I was photographing this dark time in my life in order to try to absorb it, to crystallize it, and, ultimately, to let go of it. Not only did my first grief change me, but making My Dakota changed me as well, both as a human being and as an artist.

To read the full Q&A with Laurel and Rebecca:

http://www.riccomaresca.com/the-geography-of-loss/

UPCOMING EVENTS WITH ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB:

Thursday, June 20, 6-8pm: “My Dakota” opening at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, 529 W. 20th St., 3d Floor, NYC.  Show is up until August 17, 2013.

Friday, June 21, 7-8:30pm: “Together and Apart: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” Aperture Foundation, 547 W. 27th, NYC.  This event is followed by a Q&A led by MCNY curator Sean Corcoran and Aperture editor Denise Wolff and a book signing of the first copies of the 2nd edition of Alex’s “The Suffering of Light” and Rebecca’s “My Dakota.”  This event is free and open to the public

Saturday, June 22, 5-6pm: Gallery talk/walk through of “My Dakota” with Rebecca and Alex, Ricco/Maresca Gallery.  Some of the last copies of signed”My Dakota” book will be available.

RECENT LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:

ELIZABETH AVEDON BLOG:

http://elizabethavedon.blogspot.com/2013/06/rebecca-norris-webb-my-dakota-opens-in.html

2PARAGRAPHS:

http://2paragraphs.com/2013/05/a-landscape-of-ones-own/

TWO EVENTS: 10X8 Gallery, Museum of Cont. Art Australia

May 14, 2013
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©Alex Webb, “Sancti Spiritus, Cuba,” from “Violet Isle” exhibition at 10×8 Gallery, Sydney

We’re pleased and excited to announce that our first exhibition in Australia will be at the 10×8 Gallery in Sydney from May 16-June 1st, with a special VIP Preview on Wednesday, May 15th.  Our “Violet Isle” exhibition is part of the Reportage Festival/Vivid Sydney.  We’ll also be giving a lecture followed by a Q&A at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia on Saturday, May 26th.——Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

“Violet Isle” @ 10×8 Gallery, Sidney:

http://10x8gallery.com/

“Two Looks” lecture at Museum of Cont. Art Australia:

http://www.vividsydney.com/events/two-looks-the-personal-visions-of-magnum-photographer-alex-webb-and-photographer-rebecca-norris-webb/

David Alan Harvey, Burn Magazine: Photographer style is always the mantra for today’s essayists.  How do you compare each other stylistically? How do you see your individual styles blending into one?

Alex Webb: This is somewhat of a generality, but, loosely speaking, my work often gravitates towards visual complexity, with multiple layers, paradoxical juxtapositions, and frames within frames.  Rebecca’s work tends to gravitate towards emotional complexity, with her work often striking different –– and sometimes contradictory –– emotional notes simultaneously, which creates a kind of emotional tension and complexity in her work akin to poetry.

We do not see our work blending into one. Instead, we see the book as interweaving our two distinct bodies of work together, much like a musical duet, with its point and counterpoint.  We like to say our Cuba photographs “speak” to each other, or, as Pico Iyer says in his afterword to the book, sometimes our photographs even “rhyme.”

To read the rest of the “Violet Isle” Q&A on Burn:

http://www.burnmagazine.org/essays/2009/10/alex-webb-rebecca-norris-webb-violet-isle/

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Violet Isle,” part of Museum of Contemporary Art Australia lecture on Saturday, May 26th, Sydney

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

——”MY DAKOTA” & “VIOLET ISLE” at the North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND, June 4-Aug. 2, 2013:

http://www.ndmoa.org/exhibitions-upcoming

——”MY DAKOTA”, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, NYC, June 20th-Aug. 17, 2013; Exhibition Opening and Gallery Talk on Thursday, June 20th, Aperture lecture (with Alex Webb) followed by a Q&A led be Museum of the City of New York photography curator Sean Corcoran and Aperture Senior Editor Denise Wolff on Friday, June 21, 7-8:30pm; book signing follows; gallery talk and walk through on Saturday, June 22, 5-6pm, Ricco/Maresca Gallery

http://www.riccomaresca.com/

WORKSHOP NEWS

——WEEKEND WORKSHOP @ APERTURE, NYC, Friday evening, June 21, 2013, thru Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2013, Aperture, 547 W. 27th St., 4th floor, NYC, DISCOUNTS FOR CURRENTLY ENROLLED PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENTS & APERTURE PATRONS

Do you know where you’re going next with your photography –– or where it’s taking you?  This intensive weekend workshop will help photographers begin to understand their own distinct way of seeing the world.  It will also help photographers figure out their next step photographically  –– from deepening their own unique vision to the process of discovering and making a long-term project that they’re passionate about, as well as the process of how long-term projects evolve into books and exhibitions. A workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, it will taught by Alex and Rebecca, a creative team who often edit projects and books together –– including their joint book and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exhibition, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba, Alex’s recent Aperture book, The Suffering of Light, and Rebecca’s new third book, My Dakota, which will be exhibited this summer at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, in New York City (June 20-Aug. 17), and the North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND (June 5-July 31).

 ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT: http://www.aperture.org/shop/etc/photography-workshops/webb-workshop?SID=#.UWXE23jB50A

——”Finding Your Vision @ NDMOA: Weekend Workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, from June 7-9pm, in Grand Forks, ND.  A few spaces still available. Tuition-free DAVID HAL NORRIS SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for the NDMOA Weekend Workshop for currently enrolled North Dakota high school, university, and reservation students. (Includes Moorhead students and other regional schools with reciprocity with ND).  DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15TH. For more information:

http://www.ndmoa.com/figure-drawing-class

REPORTAGE FESTIVAL SCHOLARSHIP

April 8, 2013
@Alex Webb,, from "Violet Isle" (with Rebecca Norris Webb); upcoming Streets of Havana Workshop in January 2012 with Nordic Light

@Alex Webb,, from “Violet Isle: Two Visions of Cuba” (with Rebecca Norris Webb), an exhibition at the 10×8 Gallery in Sydney, May 15-June 1, 2013

A Scholarship is now available for the FIND YOUR VISION workshop in Sydney during the Reportage Festival midMay, thanks to the generous support of the Sydney Morning Herald.  DEADLINE: APRIL 21, 2013——Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb

http://reportage.com.au/2013/04/reportage-sydney-morning-herald-scholarship-for-the-alex-webb-and-rebecca-norris-webb-workshop-now-open-for-submission/

LINK TO REBECCA’S PHOTO IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, APRIL 2013:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/visions-of-earth/visions-earth-2013

LINK TO ALEX’S PHOTO ESSAY IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, APRIL 2013:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/mahogany/webb-photography

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©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Violet Isle” (with Alex Webb), exhibition at the Nordic Light Festival, Kristiansund, Norway, April 23-7

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

——”VIOLET ISLE: TWO VISIONS OF CUBA,” Nordic Light Festival, Kristiansund, Norway, April 23-27, 2013.

http://nle.no/

——”VIOLET ISLE: TWO VISIONS OF CUBA,” Reportage Festival, Sydney, Australia, 10×8 Gallery, May 15-June 1, 2013.

http://reportage.com.au/2013/04/alex-webb-and-rebecca-norris-webb-violet-isle-two-visions-of-cuba/

——”MY DAKOTA” & “VIOLET ISLE” at the North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND, June 4-Aug. 2, 2013:

http://www.ndmoa.org/exhibitions-upcoming

——”MY DAKOTA”, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, NYC, June 20th-Aug. 17, 2013; Exhibition Opening and Gallery Talk on Thursday, June 20th, Aperture lecture (with Alex Webb) on Friday, June 21, 7-8:30pm:

http://www.riccomaresca.com/

WORKSHOP NEWS:

——WEEKEND WORKSHOP @ APERTURE, NYC, Friday evening, June 21, 2013, thru Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2013, Aperture, 547 W. 27th St., 4th floor, NYC, DISCOUNTS FOR CURRENTLY ENROLLED PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENTS & APERTURE PATRONS

Do you know where you’re going next with your photography –– or where it’s taking you?  This intensive weekend workshop will help photographers begin to understand their own distinct way of seeing the world.  It will also help photographers figure out their next step photographically  –– from deepening their own unique vision to the process of discovering and making a long-term project that they’re passionate about, as well as the process of how long-term projects evolve into books and exhibitions. A workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, it will taught by Alex and Rebecca, a creative team who often edit projects and books together –– including their joint book and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exhibition, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba, Alex’s recent Aperture book, The Suffering of Light, and Rebecca’s new third book, My Dakota, which will be exhibited this summer at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, in New York City (June 20-Aug. 17), and the North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND (June 5-Aug. 6).

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZONTRD3Y5&IID=2K1HRG77UIXR&PN=4

——NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: “Finding Your Vision @ NDMOA: Weekend Workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, from June 7-9pm, in Grand Forks, ND.  Tuition-free DAVID HAL NORRIS SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for the NDMOA Weekend Workshop for currently enrolled North Dakota high school, university, and reservation students. (Includes Moorhead students and other regional schools with reciprocity with ND).  For more information:

http://www.ndmoa.com/Programs/Workshop/Photography.html

——Tuition-free workshop scholarship available for Alex and Rebecca’s week-long FIND YOUR VISION May workshop @ the Reportage Photography Festival in Sydney.  Application details above.

——The May “Finding Your Vision” Workshop @ Caption Gallery is now full.  To be placed on the wait list, please email Alex and Rebecca at the following email:  webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

RECENT LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:

——”Badlands” from “My Dakota” featured in the March 3 Sunday LA Times “Arts and Books” section with a Q&A with Barbara Davidson and Andy Adams about “Looking at the Land.”  Link here:

http://www.riccomaresca.com/portfolio/rebecca-norris-webb-los-angeles-times/

——”My Dakota” mentioned in recent interview with Radius’ David Chickey with Miss Rosen on Le Journal de la Photographie:

http://lejournaldelaphotographie.com/archives/by_date/2013-02-28/10443/david-chickey-at-radius-books

TWO LOOKS: National Geographic

March 15, 2013
©Rebecca Norris Webb, "Ghost Mountain," from "My Dakota" in "Visions of Earth" column, National Geographic Magazine, April 2013

©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Ghost Mountain,” from My Dakota, in the “Visions of Earth” column in the April 2013 issue of National Geographic Magazine.

Please join me in congratulating Rebecca on her first photograph in the April issue of National Geographic.  Appropriately it’s from her book “My Dakota,” and, coincidentally, it just happens to be my favorite photograph in the book.  And how nice our work happens to be in the same issue. —Alex Webb

LINK TO REBECCA’S PHOTO IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, APRIL 2013:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/visions-of-earth/visions-earth-2013

LINK TO ALEX’S PHOTO ESSAY IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, APRIL 2013:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/mahogany/webb-photography

UPCOMING FREE PUBLIC EVENT

——Friday, March 22, 2013, 6-7:30pm, Tipton Hall, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Campus of the Santa Fe University for Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM: “Together & Apart: The Photographs of Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb,” followed by a Q&A led by Radius Books creative director David Chickey, who has designed the last four books of Alex and Rebecca.  For more information:

http://radiusbooks.org/6647/together-and-apart-the-photographs-of-alex-webb-and-rebecca-norris-webb/

WORKSHOP NEWS:

——WEEKEND WORKSHOP @ APERTURE, NYC, Friday evening, June 21, 2013, thru Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2013, Aperture, 547 W. 27th St., 4th floor, NYC, DISCOUNTS FOR CURRENTLY ENROLLED PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENTS & APERTURE PATRONS

Do you know where you’re going next with your photography –– or where it’s taking you?  This intensive weekend workshop will help photographers begin to understand their own distinct way of seeing the world.  It will also help photographers figure out their next step photographically  –– from deepening their own unique vision to the process of discovering and making a long-term project that they’re passionate about, as well as the process of how long-term projects evolve into books and exhibitions. A workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, it will taught by Alex and Rebecca, a creative team who often edit projects and books together –– including their joint book and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exhibition, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba, Alex’s recent Aperture book, The Suffering of Light, and Rebecca’s new third book, My Dakota, which will be exhibited this summer at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, in New York City (June 20-Aug. 17), and the North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND (June 5-Aug. 6).

For more information: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZONTRD3Y5&IID=2K1HRG77UIXR&PN=4

——NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: “Finding Your Vision @ NDMOA: Weekend Workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, from June 7-9pm, in Grand Forks, ND.  Tuition-free DAVID HAL NORRIS SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for the NDMOA Weekend Workshop for currently enrolled North Dakota high school, university, and reservation students. (Includes Moorhead students and other regional schools with reciprocity with ND).  For more information:

http://www.ndmoa.com/Programs/Workshop/Photography.html

——Tuition-free workshop scholarship available for Alex and Rebecca’s week-long May workshop @ the Reportage Photography Festival in Sydney.  Details here: http://smh.fairfaxbenefits.com.au/offers/finding-your-vision-photographic-masterclass

——The May “Finding Your Vision” Workshop @ Caption Gallery is now full.  To be placed on the wait list, please email Alex and Rebecca at the following email:  webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

RECENT LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:

——”Badlands” from “My Dakota” featured in the March 3 Sunday LA Times “Arts and Books” section with a Q&A with Barbara Davidson and Andy Adams about “Looking at the Land.”  Link here:

http://www.riccomaresca.com/portfolio/rebecca-norris-webb-los-angeles-times/

——”My Dakota” mentioned in recent interview with Radius’ David Chickey with Miss Rosen on Le Journal de la Photographie:

http://lejournaldelaphotographie.com/archives/by_date/2013-02-28/10443/david-chickey-at-radius-books

RADIUS SCHOLARSHIP: Judges Announced

January 28, 2013
Alex Webb

©Alex Webb, “Havana, 2013”

Judges have just been announced for the RADIUS BOOK SCHOLARSHIPS : James Estrin from the The New York Times Lens Blog,  Stacey D. Clarkson from Harper’s Magazine, photographer David Taylor, University of Arizona faculty and 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, and the Editors of Radius Books.  These tuition-free scholarships will be awarded to photographers who are 27 years old or younger to attend the BOOK WEEKEND @ RADIUS WORKSHOP in Santa Fe in March.  

DEADLINE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22.  For more information about the scholarship and the upcoming workshop (only a few space left), please read about the workshop and scholarship below.—Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

PLEASE NOTE OUR WEBSITE HAS CHANGED:  http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/

ALEX FEATURED ON THE NEW YORK TIMES LENS BLOG

FLAK Q&A ON THE MAKING OF “MY DAKOTA” WITH RADIUS BOOKS EDITORS 

Rebecca

©Rebecca Norris Webb, from “Violet Isle” (with Alex Webb)

BOOK WEEKEND@RADIUS: Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, & David Chickey

Friday evening, March 22, 2013 thru Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2013, Radius Books offices, 227 Place Ave., Suite W., Santa Fe, NM

——28 JANUARY UPDATE: ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT IN THE WORKSHOP: PLEASE CONTACT THE WEBBS TO RESERVE A SPACE. SEE DETAILS BELOW.

This intensive weekend bookmaking workshop is open to anyone who is passionate about a photography project that he or she has been working on –– from serious amateurs to seasoned professionals, from documentary photographers to art photographers, from those photographing a theme, a place, or an issue to those working on a more personal series of photographs of family or friends. This workshop will help each participant learn how to take his or her project to the next level.

The workshop will be taught by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a creative team who’ve edited seven books together — including Rebecca’s My Dakota, Alex’s The Suffering of Light, and their joint books Violet Isle and the upcoming Memory City —and by noted designer David Chickey, Radius’s publisher and creative director who has designed photo books for more than 20 publishers and museums over the last 15 years.

Through an individual assignment tailored for each participant, presentations, discussions, and an editing exercise, the Webbs and Chickey will explore with you a variety of book-related topics over this intensive weekend, including such issues as how to discover the heart of your photography project, how to edit and sequence a photo book intuitively, how to figure out what’s left to photograph for your project, how to choose a writer, title and cover image, how to work with a designer, what to expect when you go on press, and how prints in a book differ from prints on a wall.

To apply: photographers must submit 10 small jpgs (72 dpi, 8 inches on longest side) or a link to your project online, and a short statement about the project (no more than 250 words), as a word doc to the Webbs: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com Former Webb Workshop participants are invited to apply without submitting a formal application if Alex and Rebecca are familiar with your project. IF YOU ARE 27 OR YOUNGER AND WISH TO APPLY FOR A TUITION-FREE RADIUS BOOKS SCHOLARSHIP, PLEASE NOTE THIS IN YOUR APPLICATION, AND INCLUDE A SHORT BIO AND TWO NAMES AND EMAILS OF PEOPLE FAMILIAR WITH YOUR WORK (SUCH AS PROFESSORS OR EDITORS) THAT THE JUDGES MAY WANT TO CONTACT.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Alex and Rebecca: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com, or visit the Magnum website.

OTHER UPCOMING 2013 WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA

——MAY 4-10, 2013: FINDING YOUR VISON @ CAPTION GALLERY, NY.  APPLICATIONS FOR THIS WORKSHOP OPEN ON JANUARY 22, 2013.  For more information about this workshop, visit Alex and Rebecca’s workshop page on their website:  http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/

 

 EXHIBITIONS
——FEB. 2.,  7-10PM, ATLANTA, 112 KROG ST. NE at Atlanta’s Stoveworks Complex, “SOAR,” a group show featuring the work of Rebecca Norris Webb, Jason Houston, and others.  After Feb. 2, the show will hang in the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery space until the end of February.  More information here.

——DEC. 14, 2012 – MAY 4, 2013, Salt Lake, Utah, Brigham Young University of Art, “The Suffering of Light: 30 Years of Photographs, Alex Webb’s solo traveling exhibition organized by the Aperture Foundation, NYC.

——NOV. 8 2012-JAN. 27, 2012, LONDON, “CARTIER-BRESSON: A QUESTION OF COLOR,” group exhibition with Alex Webb, Trent Parke, Joel Meyerwitz, Harry Gruyaert, Helen Levitt, Saul Leiter and others, an exhibition curated by William Ewing.

LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:
“MY DAKOTA” ONE OF TIME’S BEST PHOTO BOOKS OF 2012.
 
LINK TO THE NEW YORK TIMES LENS BLOG Q&A WITH REBECCA ABOUT “MY DAKOTA”

LINK TO NOTES ON “THE SUFFERING OF LIGHT’ BY ALEX WEBB ON TIME LIGHTBOX.

LINK TO “MY DAKOTA” ON TIME LIGHTBOX.

LINK TO ALEX’S EAST LONDON PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE AUGUST 2012 ISSUE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

TO READ THE  FRACTION MAGAZINE REVIEW of MY DAKOTA CLICK HERE.

“LOOKING AT THE LAND” IN AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE.

RADIUS BOOKS SCHOLARSHIPS

January 7, 2013
©Alex Web

©Alex Webb, Barrio Chino, Cuba, from “Violet Isle” (with Rebecca Norris Webb), a Radius Book designed by David Chickey

RADIUS BOOKS SCHOLARSHIPS are now available for photographers 27 years old and under for the BOOK WEEKEND @ RADIUS WORKSHOP, March 22-24, 2013,  at the Radius offices in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

Workshop description and application details below.  Scholarship judges will be announced soon. Deadline: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2013.–Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

PLEASE NOTE OUR WEBSITE HAS CHANGED:  http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/

ALEX FEATURED ON THE NEW YORK TIMES LENS BLOG

Rebecca Norris Webb, Havana, 2008, from "Violet Isle" (with Alex Webb) at the MFA, Boston, and "Winged Desire," at  NDMOA, Grand Forks, N.D.

©Rebecca Norris Webb, Havana, 2008, from “Violet Isle” (with Alex Webb), a Radius Book designed by David Chickey

BOOK WEEKEND@RADIUS: Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, & David Chickey
Friday evening, March 22, 2013 thru Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2013, Radius Books offices, 227 Place Ave., Suite W., Santa Fe, NM

This intensive weekend bookmaking workshop is open to anyone who is passionate about a photography project that he or she has been working on –– from serious amateurs to seasoned professionals, from documentary photographers to art photographers, from those photographing a theme, a place, or an issue to those working on a more personal series of photographs of family or friends. This workshop will help each participant learn how to take his or her project to the next level.

The workshop will be taught by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a creative team who’ve edited seven books together — including Rebecca’s My Dakota, Alex’s The Suffering of Light, and their joint books Violet Isle and the upcoming Memory City —and by noted designer David Chickey, Radius’s publisher and creative director who has designed photo books for more than 20 publishers and museums over the last 15 years.

Through an individual assignment tailored for each participant, presentations, discussions, and an editing exercise, the Webbs and Chickey will explore with you a variety of book-related topics over this intensive weekend, including such issues as how to discover the heart of your photography project, how to edit and sequence a photo book intuitively, how to figure out what’s left to photograph for your project, how to choose a writer, title and cover image, how to work with a designer, what to expect when you go on press, and how prints in a book differ from prints on a wall.

To apply: photographers must submit 10 small jpgs (72 dpi, 8 inches on longest side) or a link to your project online, and a short statement about the project (no more than 250 words), as a word doc to the Webbs: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com Former Webb Workshop participants are invited to apply without submitting a formal application if Alex and Rebecca are familiar with your project. IF YOU ARE 27 OR YOUNGER AND WISH TO APPLY FOR A TUITION-FREE RADIUS BOOKS SCHOLARSHIP, PLEASE NOTE THIS IN YOUR APPLICATION.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Alex and Rebecca: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com, or visit the Magnum website.

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©Alex Webb, Alex, Rebecca and David Chickey holding the first unbound copy of “Violet Isle” on press in Singapore

“Grieving after her brother’s death, Norris Webb goes on a quest, returning to South Dakota, where she grew up…She probes symbols of time passing: apples fallen in the dirt, weathered paint on the wall of a motel, a field of sunflowers dried and browned in the autumn. The images are personal but never obscure. Norris Webb’s spare, poetic text speaks to anyone who has experienced the puzzlement and struggle that comes with loss.” 

—Holly Stuart Hughes, editor, Photo District News, from “Time’s Best of 2012: The Photobooks We Loved.”

 

LINK TO “MY DAKOTA” ON PHOTO-EYE’S BEST BOOKS OF 2012.

LINK TO “MY DAKOTA” AS A PDN NOTABLE BOOK OF 2012

PLEASE NOTE OUR WEBSITE HAS CHANGED:  http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/

EXHIBITIONS

——DEC. 14, 2012 – MAY 4, 2013, Salt Lake, Utah, Brigham Young University of Art, “The Suffering of Light: 30 Years of Photographs,” Alex Webb’s solo traveling exhibition organized by the Aperture Foundation, NYC.

——NOV. 8 2012-JAN. 27, 2012, LONDON, “CARTIER-BRESSON: A QUESTION OF COLOR,” group exhibition with Alex Webb, Trent Parke, Joel Meyerwitz, Harry Gruyaert, Helen Levitt, Saul Leiter and others, an exhibition curated by William Ewing.

——SEPT.21, 2012 – JANUARY 13, 2012, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, “Looking at the Land: 21st Century American Views,” A Collaboration with Flak Photo and RISD Museum of Art, group projection and online exhibition, curated by Andy Adams, with photographs by Rebecca Norris Webb, Brian Ulrich, Todd Hido, Joshua Dudley Greer, Christine Carr, and others.

——DEC. 15, 2012-JAN. 6, 2013, PALAZZO DE LEVA, MODICA, SICILY, “Contatti, Provini D’Autore,” a group exhibition on contact sheets and prints with Rebecca Norris Webb, Mark Steinmetz, Larry Fink, and others, curated by Giammaria De Gasperis and Paola Contino.

UPCOMING 2012/13 WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA

——MARCH 22-24, 2013: BOOK WEEKEND @ RADIUS BOOKS with Alex, Rebecca and David Chickey (Radius creative director and award winning designer). For more information, please email Rebecca: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com

——MAY 4-10, 2013: FINDING YOUR VISON @ CAPTION GALLERY, NY.  APPLICATIONS FOR THIS WORKSHOP OPEN ON JANUARY 22, 2013.  For more information about this workshop, visit Alex and Rebecca’s workshop page on their website:  http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/

 RECENT LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:

LINK TO THE NEW YORK TIMES LENS BLOG Q&A WITH REBECCA ABOUT “MY DAKOTA”

LINK TO NOTES ON “THE SUFFERING OF LIGHT’ BY ALEX WEBB ON TIME LIGHTBOX.

LINK TO “MY DAKOTA” ON TIME LIGHTBOX.

LINK TO ALEX’S EAST LONDON PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE AUGUST 2012 ISSUE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

TO READ THE  FRACTION MAGAZINE REVIEW of MY DAKOTA CLICK HERE.

“LOOKING AT THE LAND” IN AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE.

Book Weekend @ Radius Books 2013

January 3, 2013
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©Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, from the upcoming book, “Memory City”

BOOK WEEKEND@RADIUS: Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, & David Chickey
Friday evening, March 22, 2013 thru Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2013, Radius Books offices, 227 Place Ave., Suite W., Santa Fe, NM

—RADIUS BOOKS SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS 27 AND UNDER (See below for details)

This intensive weekend bookmaking workshop is open to anyone who is passionate about a photography project that he or she has been working on –– from serious amateurs to seasoned professionals, from documentary photographers to art photographers, from those photographing a theme, a place, or an issue to those working on a more personal series of photographs of family or friends. This workshop will help each participant learn how to take his or her project to the next level.

The workshop will be taught by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a creative team who’ve edited seven books together — including Rebecca’s My Dakota, Alex’s The Suffering of Light, and their joint books Violet Isle and the upcoming Memory City —and by noted designer David Chickey, Radius’s publisher and creative director who has designed photo books for more than 20 publishers and museums over the last 15 years.

Through an individual assignment tailored for each participant, presentations, discussions, and an editing exercise, the Webbs and Chickey will explore with you a variety of book-related topics over this intensive weekend, including such issues as how to discover the heart of your photography project, how to edit and sequence a photo book intuitively, how to figure out what’s left to photograph for your project, how to choose a writer, title and cover image, how to work with a designer, what to expect when you go on press, and how prints in a book differ from prints on a wall.

To apply: photographers must submit 10 small jpgs (72 dpi, 8 inches on longest side) or a link to your project online, and a short statement about the project (no more than 250 words), as a word doc to the Webbs: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com Former Webb Workshop participants are invited to apply without submitting a formal application if Alex and Rebecca are familiar with your project.  FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS 27 & UNDER WHO’D LIKE TO APPLY FOR THE RADIUS BOOKS SCHOLARSHIP, PLEASE NOTE THIS ON YOUR APPLICATION.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Alex and Rebecca: webbnorriswebb@gmail.com, or visit the Magnum website.

©RNW

©Alex Webb, Alex, Rebecca and David Chickey holding the first unbound copy of “Violet Isle” on press in Singapore

“Grieving after her brother’s death, Norris Webb goes on a quest, returning to South Dakota, where she grew up…She probes symbols of time passing: apples fallen in the dirt, weathered paint on the wall of a motel, a field of sunflowers dried and browned in the autumn. The images are personal but never obscure. Norris Webb’s spare, poetic text speaks to anyone who has experienced the puzzlement and struggle that comes with loss.” 

—Holly Stuart Hughes, editor, Photo District News, from “Time’s Best of 2012: The Photobooks We Loved.”

 

© Rebecca Norris Webb, “Blackbirds,” from My Dakota
©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Blackbirds” from “My Dakota” featured in the Jan./Feb. 2013 issue of Orion Magazine

LINK TO “MY DAKOTA” ON PHOTO-EYE’S BEST BOOKS OF 2012.

LINK TO “MY DAKOTA” AS A PDN NOTABLE BOOK OF 2012

PLEASE NOTE OUR WEBSITE HAS CHANGED:  http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/

EXHIBITIONS

——DEC. 14, 2012 – MAY 4, 2013, Salt Lake, Utah, Brigham Young University of Art, “The Suffering of Light: 30 Years of Photographs,” Alex Webb’s solo traveling exhibition organized by the Aperture Foundation, NYC.

——NOV. 8 2012-JAN. 27, 2012, LONDON, “CARTIER-BRESSON: A QUESTION OF COLOR,” group exhibition with Alex Webb, Trent Parke, Joel Meyerwitz, Harry Gruyaert, Helen Levitt, Saul Leiter and others, an exhibition curated by William Ewing.

——SEPT.21, 2012 – JANUARY 13, 2012, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, “Looking at the Land: 21st Century American Views,” A Collaboration with Flak Photo and RISD Museum of Art, group projection and online exhibition, curated by Andy Adams, with photographs by Rebecca Norris Webb, Brian Ulrich, Todd Hido, Joshua Dudley Greer, Christine Carr, and others.

——DEC. 15, 2012-JAN. 6, 2013, PALAZZO DE LEVA, MODICA, SICILY, “Contatti, Provini D’Autore,” a group exhibition on contact sheets and prints with Rebecca Norris Webb, Mark Steinmetz, Larry Fink, and others, curated by Giammaria De Gasperis and Paola Contino.

Alex Webb, Barrio Chino, Havana, Cuba, 2007

Alex Webb, Barrio Chino, Havana, Cuba, 2007, from “Violet Isle” (with RNW)

UPCOMING 2012/13 WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA

——JANUARY 12-19, 2013, STREETS OF HAVANA 2013 with Nordic Light, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb workshop. For more information, including how to apply, click here

——MARCH 22-24, 2013: BOOK WEEKEND @ RADIUS BOOKS with Alex, Rebecca and David Chickey (Radius creative director and award winning designer). For more information, please email Rebecca: rebeccanorriswebb@yahoo.com

 RECENT LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:

LINK TO THE NEW YORK TIMES LENS BLOG Q&A WITH REBECCA ABOUT “MY DAKOTA”

LINK TO NOTES ON “THE SUFFERING OF LIGHT’ BY ALEX WEBB ON TIME LIGHTBOX.

LINK TO “MY DAKOTA” ON TIME LIGHTBOX.

LINK TO ALEX’S EAST LONDON PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE AUGUST 2012 ISSUE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

TO READ THE  FRACTION MAGAZINE REVIEW of MY DAKOTA CLICK HERE.

“LOOKING AT THE LAND” IN AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE.

My Dakota: Photo-Eye’s Best Books 2012

December 10, 2012
©Rebecca Norris Webb

©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Hot Springs,” from “My Dakota”

Congratulations to “My Dakota” for being one of Photo-Eye’s BEST BOOKS OF 2012.–Alex Webb

“A year after photographer and writer Rebecca Norris Webb began a personal project photographing the vast landscape in her home state, South Dakota, her brother died suddenly of heart failure. A friend suggested she channel her grief into the project and transform it into an elegy for her lost sibling. The photographs and text she wrote are collected in this poetic and highly personal book that is at once peaceful and unsettling.”——PDN Editors, from Photo-Eye BEST BOOKS OF 2012

LINK TO “MY DAKOTA” ON PHOTO-EYE.

PLEASE NOTE OUR WEBSITE HAS CHANGED:  http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/

EXHIBITIONS

——DEC. 14, 2012 – MAY 4, 2013, Salt Lake, Utah, Brigham Young University of Art, “The Suffering of Light: 30 Years of Photographs,” Alex Webb’s solo traveling exhibition organized by the Aperture Foundation, NYC.

——NOV. 8 2012-JAN. 27, 2012, LONDON, “CARTIER-BRESSON: A QUESTION OF COLOR,” group exhibition with Alex Webb, Trent Parke, Joel Meyerwitz, Harry Gruyaert, Helen Levitt, Saul Leiter and others, an exhibition curated by William Ewing.

——SEPT.21, 2012 – JANUARY 13, 2012, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, “Looking at the Land: 21st Century American Views,” A Collaboration with Flak Photo and RISD Museum of Art, group projection and online exhibition, curated by Andy Adams, with photographs by Rebecca Norris Webb, Brian Ulrich, Todd Hido, Joshua Dudley Greer, Christine Carr, and others.

——DEC. 15, 2012-JAN. 6, 2013, PALAZZO DE LEVA, MODICA, SICILY, “Contatti, Provini D’Autore,” a group exhibition on contact sheets and prints with Rebecca Norris Webb, Mark Steinmetz, Larry Fink, and others, curated by Giammaria De Gasperis and Paola Contino.

©Rebecca Norris Webb, Contact sheet for "Blackbirds," in the book, "My Dakota" (Radius Books, May 2012). Part of "Contatti" book by Postcart editions.

©Rebecca Norris Webb, Contact sheet for “Blackbirds,” in the book, “My Dakota” (Radius Books, May 2012). Part of “Contatti” book by Postcart editions and current exhibition in Sicily through Jan. 6, 2013

UPCOMING 2012/13 WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA

——JANUARY 12-19, 2013, STREETS OF HAVANA 2013 with Nordic Light, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb workshop. For more information, including how to apply, click here

 RECENT LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:

LINK TO THE NEW YORK TIMES LENS BLOG Q&A WITH REBECCA ABOUT “MY DAKOTA”

LINK TO NOTES ON “THE SUFFERING OF LIGHT’ BY ALEX WEBB ON TIME LIGHTBOX.

LINK TO “MY DAKOTA” ON TIME LIGHTBOX.

LINK TO ALEX’S EAST LONDON PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE AUGUST 2012 ISSUE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

TO READ THE  FRACTION MAGAZINE REVIEW of MY DAKOTA CLICK HERE.

“LOOKING AT THE LAND” IN AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE.

@Alex Webb,, from "Violet Isle" (with Rebecca Norris Webb); upcoming Streets of Havana Workshop in January 2012 with Nordic Light
@Alex Webb,, from “Violet Isle” (with Rebecca Norris Webb); upcoming Streets of Havana Workshop in January 2012 with Nordic Light

MEMORY CITY: Two Looks

November 14, 2012

©Alex Webb, Rochester, 2012, from “Memory City” (with Rebecca Norris Webb); Kodachrome processed as black and white

Rebecca and I are heading to Rochester, NY, to continue working on what may very well be our next joint book, which we’re calling “Memory City.” 

We’ll both be photographing Rochester during the last days of Kodak, at least as far as being the company it once was — known worldwide for its black and white and color film  (here’s the latest about Kodak’s bankruptcy).  

Since Rebecca is using one of the company’s last films, Portra, and I’m using my last rolls of Kodachrome — which these days can only be processed as black and white — we may not post until we’re back in December, because of film processing waiting period, those days or weeks which may be, according to Rebecca, “more mysterious and more integral to the creative process than one ever realized.”—Alex Webb 

©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Flower Dress,” from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb); photographed on Kodak Portra

EXHIBITIONS

——NOV. 8 2012-JAN. 27, 2012, LONDON, “CARTIER-BRESSON: A QUESTION OF COLOR,” group exhibition with Alex Webb, Trent Parke, Joel Meyerwitz, Harry Gruyaert, Helen Levitt, Saul Leiter and others, an exhibition curated by William Ewing.

——SEPT.21, 2012 – JANUARY 13, 2012, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, “Looking at the Land: 21st Century American Views,” A Collaboration with Flak Photo and RISD Museum of Art, group projection and online exhibition, curated by Andy Adams, with photographs by Rebecca Norris Webb, Brian Ulrich, Todd Hido, Joshua Dudley Greer, Christine Carr, and others.

UPCOMING 2012/13 WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA

——JANUARY 12-19, 2013, STREETS OF HAVANA 2013 with Nordic Light, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb workshop with optional side trip and final edit Jan. 19-25, 2013.  For more information, including how to apply, click here or visit the TO CUBA WITH ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB Facebook page.

@Alex Webb,, from “Violet Isle” (with Rebecca Norris Webb); upcoming Streets of Havana Workshop in January 2012 with Nordic Light

OTHER RECENT LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:

LINK TO THE NEW YORK TIMES LENS BLOG Q&A WITH REBECCA ABOUT “MY DAKOTA”

LINK TO NOTES ON “THE SUFFERING OF LIGHT’ BY ALEX WEBB ON TIME LIGHTBOX.

LINK TO “MY DAKOTA” ON TIME LIGHTBOX.

LINK TO ALEX’S EAST LONDON PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE AUGUST 2012 ISSUE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

TO READ THE  FRACTION MAGAZINE REVIEW of MY DAKOTA CLICK HERE.

“LOOKING AT THE LAND” IN AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE.

MY DAKOTA: Photo-Eye and Fraction

August 14, 2012

 

“This book of words and images is beautifully sad, sadly beautiful…The words and images work together to weave a deeper reading.

Looking for glimpses of the dead is not a new kind of quest in photography — we’ve been trying to make “spirit photographs” since the medium began. How Webb succeeds is through metaphor and symbol, which reveal themselves slowly as the pages turn. Her great loss is hidden in complex images that take several viewings to understand. They convey not just three but four dimensions.

On this journey through re-membered territory, the photographs illustrate the psychological and spiritual realities of the place. The barren land that is the Dakotas appears first, starting with the dust jacket image, a view of the Badlands through the greenish tint of a partially opened car window. Some patches of grass stubbornly cling to the sandy foreground, leading us to the striped mountains miles beyond. The frontispiece is of a buffalo glimpsed through a sideview mirror, seen as if on the other side of time. The Wild West, indeed.”—an excerpt from Ellen Wallenstein’s review of “My Dakota” in Fraction Magazine, August 2012

TO READ THE  COMPLETE FRACTION MAGAZINE REVIEW CLICK HERE.

©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Rearview Mirror,” from the book, “My Dakota”

 

©Rebecca Norris Webb, “State Map,” from the book, “My Dakota”

“…The book is not wrapped in nostalgia. Its strength lies in the layered photographs where Norris Webb is looking for something in the distance, but what it is is not clear. It could be a memory. There is something between her and what is out there. Reflections and windows play an important role in layering the images with mystery and a sense of disconnectedness. Each photograph is open to interpretation and that room allows the reader to find their own memory of loss to complete it. The language of Norris Webb’s photographs is personal, but universal.

As an object the book has an intimate feel to it. It is sized 11½x9¾”, which forces one to bring the book closer. South Dakota is a land of open spaces and that feeling is repeated in the book with the use of white space and blank pages. The photographs are given room to breathe, to let the pain have space. One of the strongest elements of the book is the use of Norris Webb’s handwriting in pencil. It adds to the feeling of a journal. Her unique penmanship streams across pages connecting the pictures to her personal narrative. The handwriting and the photograph printed on the cover are extra details that set Radius Books apart from other publishers. 

Norris Webb sets the book up as an elegy for her brother. The sense of loss is palatable, but it feels like a love poem for the land and for her brother. It is a not a South Dakota that can be found on any map. It exists only in the book and comes through clearly.”—TOM LEININGER, an excerpt from his Photo-Eye review of “My Dakota”

TO READ THE COMPLETE PHOTO-EYE REVIEW CLICK HERE.

©Rebecca Norris Webb, “High Winds,” from the book, “My Dakota”

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA

––Friday Oct. 12 thru Sunday Oct. 14: Boston: Weekend Workshop, produced by the Robert Klein Gallery  Do you know where you’re going next with your photography –– or where it’s taking you?  This intensive weekend workshop will help photographers begin to understand their own distinct way of seeing the world.  It will also help photographers figure out their next step photographically  –– from deepening their own unique vision to the process of discovering and making a long-term project that they’re passionate about, as well as the process of how long-term projects evolve into books and exhibitions. A workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, it will taught by Alex and Rebecca, a creative team who often edit projects and books together –– including their joint book and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exhibition, “Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba,” Alex’s recent Aperture book, “The Suffering of Light,” and Rebecca’s new Radius book, “My Dakota.” Included in the workshop will be an editing exercise as well as an optional photography assignment and long-term project review.  For more information –– including how to enroll and daily schedule –– please contact Maja at the Robert Klein Gallery: maja@robertkleingallery.com

––FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 7PM, THRU SUNDAY, OCT. 7TH, 6PM: “Finding Your Vision@ The Dahl Weekend Workshop with Alex and Rebecca Webb,” Rapid City, South Dakota.  Do you know where you are going with your photography — or where it is taking you? This workshop will include a gallery talk/walk through of the current “My Dakota” exhibit at The Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, and a digital assistant who can answer any your digital photography issues. Graduate and undergraduate college credit available for teachers and others who are interested. For all Colorado photographers interested in this workshop — or photographers who would like to fly into Denver — please note that Rapid City is only a six-hour drive from Denver, Colorado.  For more information click here.  If you have questions about the workshop, feel free to contact Rebecca directly at rebeccanorriswebb@yahoo.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:  AUGUST, SEPT., OCT.

NEW YORK

––THURSDAY, JUNE 21, thru August 17, 2012: RICCO MARESCA GALLERY, NY: “Weather,” a group exhibition with a selection of photographs from MY DAKOTA, 6-8 pm.  

SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA

––SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 11-11:45: “Here and There: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” South Dakota Festival of Books, Orpheum Anne Zabel Theater, with “My Dakota” and “The Suffering of Light” book signing to follow at 1pm with other festival authors.

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA

–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 7-8:30pm: “Together and Apart: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” Dahl Arts Center, will include the “Our Dakota” slide show, Q&A with the Webbs, and book signing.

––JUNE-SEPTEMBER 2012: Launch of OUR DAKOTA Flickr site, an online photographic community  This Flickr group is open to all photographers 15 and older with a present or past connection to South Dakota.  Here is the link to the first assignment. There will be three assignments posted during the course of the “My Dakota” exhibition at the Dahl, and the group will culminate in an “Our Dakota” slide show to be show both at the SD Festival of Books in Sioux Falls the last week in September 2012 and at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City on Friday, Oct. 5th, at 7pm.

BOSTON

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7-8:30 PM: Slide Talk with Alex and Rebecca in the Fort Point arts neighborhood of Boston, a talk which is free and open to the public

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 4-5PM: Gallery Talk/Walk Through with Rebecca of her “My Dakota” show with the Robert Klein Gallery at Ars Libri, followed by a Q&A with Rebecca and Alex, who edited “My Dakota” with Rebecca.

OTHER RECENT LINKS FOR ALEX AND REBECCA:

LINK TO THE NEW YORK TIMES LENS BLOG Q&A WITH REBECCA ABOUT “MY DAKOTA”

LINK TO ALEX’S EAST LONDON PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE AUGUST 2012 ISSUE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

WEATHER SHOW AT RICCO MARESCA GALLERY IN NEW YORK CITY THRU FRIDAY, AUGUST 17TH.

Rebecca’s “My Dakota” work in Ricco Maresca Gallery’s “Weather” show in New York City.  The last day of the show is Friday, August 17th.