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MEMORY CITY: Summer Events

June 21, 2014

©Rebecca Norris Webb, “New Mother Brienna,” from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books/Thames and Hudson, June 23, 2014



—MEMORY CITY exhibiton at Gallery R, June 18-July 3, 2014, in conjuction with the Visual Studies Workshop Photo-BookWorks Symposium in Rochester, NY. Public lecture at VSW (ticketed event , see below) on Thursday, June 26at 6pm, followed by exhibition reception and book signing @ Gallery R: 7:30-9:30pm. For more information:

MEMORY CITY BOOK PARTY at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, 529 W. 20th, 4th Floor, on Thursday, July 24, from 5-8pm, a book launch and signing in conjunction with Radius Books and the Chelsea Art Walk. For more information: or or “TOGETHER AND APART: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” slide talk, Q&A, and book signing on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 7:30-9pm at the INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS, San Francisco (NOTICE TIME CHANGE FROM MAGNUM SITE). The Webbs will be signing copies of their two new joint books at this free public event,

—MEMORY CITY and ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB ON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE POETIC IMAGE. To reserve a copy ahead of time for this event, please email Trent Davis Bailey: (Please write “WEBB BOOK ORDER” on the subject line of the email).  For more information:


—MEMORY CITY lecture at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, with Alex and Rebecca on the making of their new collaborative book, “Memory City,” on Thursday, June 26th,at 6pm, a ticketed event that’s part of the Visual Studies Workshop Photo-BookWorks Symposium, that includes talks, book signings and other events with Mark Klett, John Gossage, Gerry Badger, Jason Fulford and others. To buy tickets to the entire VSW symposium, including the Memory City lecture:

—For those who’d like to support the Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund and other programs by paying $25 to attend the “Magnum Secrets” fundraiser at Aperture Foundation on Wed., 25th, Alex and Rebecca will be signing MEMORY CITY books from 6-7:30 pm. as well as signing their new workshop book from Aperture, ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB ON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE POETIC IMAGE and Alex’s THE SUFFERING OF LIGHT, also from Aperture.  Josef Koudelka, Paolo Pelligrin, Olivia Arthur, Alec Soth, and other photographers will also be attendance. For more information:


©AW, “Mt. Hope Cemetery” and RNW, “After the Fire at St. Monica’s Church,” both from “Memory City,” Radius Books, Thames and Hudson, June 2014


TWO SPOTS LEFT: FINDING YOUR VISION: SAN FRANCISCO, SAT. AUG. 23 THRU WED. AUG. 27, 2014, Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco: For more information.

NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: PHOTO PROJECT 2014, NYC, Sunday Oct. 26-Sat. Nov. 1, 2014. This intimate bookmaking workshop is open to only 10 photographers. To learn more, including how to apply click here. Or email Alex and Rebecca for more information:


Memory City by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, Radius/Thames&Hudson, June 2014



Art in America, April 2014


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April 4, 2014

©Rebecca Norris Webb, “Amanda and Her Flower Girl Dress,” from “Memory City” (with Alex Webb), Radius Books/Thames&Hudson, June 2014

“For their project Memory City, photographers Rebecca Norris Webb and her husband Alex Webb traveled to Rochester, New York—the home of Eastman Kodak for 125 years—to document the city in the wake of the company’s bankruptcy in 2012 and to pay tribute to their respective relationships to analog imagery.

Both photographers used Kodak film for this project. Her husband shot with Koda­chrome, his sole medium for more than 30 years; its once-vibrant color can now be processed only with black-and-white chemistry, giving it a distressed look he likens to fading memories. Norris Webb, who still uses film for all her work, used Portra, inspired by an analogy of the medium as a woman’s special-occasion outfit—memorable, but fleeting, worn only once. ‘I think it’s the tactile quality that I’ll miss most when I have to eventually switch to digital,” she says. “That slip of celluloid that’s accompanied me to every moment I’ve ever photographed, like a delicate yet indelible dress.’

Norris Webb’s portraits of Rochester women include the image shown here, of the Webbs’ former assistant, Amanda Webster. She and her family reflect the city’s past and present in photography: Her father and grand­father both worked for Kodak, and Amanda is currently studying photog­raphy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Norris Webb photo­graphed her in her grandmother’s house in the 14621 neighbohood—known by its zip code, it’s one of the most ethnically diverse in the city—in the spring of 2012, holding a dress she had worn to an uncle’s wedding.”—Jill C. Shomer, American Photo Magazine, May-June 2014 issue



—FIRST WEBB WORKSHOP IN POLAND JUST ANNOUNCED.  This four-day MAGNUM PHOTOS WORKSHOP will coincide with the FOTOFESTIWAL LODZ in early June.  Space is limited, and this workshop is expected to sell out rather quickly:

—NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: FINDING YOUR VISION: SAN FRANCISCO, SAT. AUG. 23 THRU WED. AUG. 27, 2014, Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco: For more information, please contact Alex and Rebecca:

——Saturday May 3 thru Friday May 10, FINDING YOUR VISION, NEW YORK.

——DUE TO A CANCELLATION, THERE’S NOW ONE SPOT left in this annual May workshop. To apply, please contact Alex and Rebecca directly at this email:


——Link to NEW YORK TIMES LENS blog Q&A with Jim Estrin & Alex and Mound Bayou slide show:


“Rochester, in upstate New York, has been the home of Kodak since the company’s start in 1888. When it declared bankruptcy in 2012, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb decided to use film made by the company to shoot the city. For the project, Webb used his last rolls of Kodachrome, the famous but now-discontinued film, developing it as hazy black and white since its special color process is no longer available. The results look like any struggling but hopeful city, quiet but proud.”—Rebecca Robertson, ART News


December 12, 2011

Alex Webb, "Thessaloniki, Greece, 2003," from "The Suffering of Light" in the "New Yorker," December 19, 2011

Congratulations to Alex and Aperture for the coverage of the current THE SUFFERING OF LIGHT exhibition in this week’s NEW YORKER, WALL STREET JOURNAL, as well as on THE NEW YORK TIMES LENS BLOG, SLATE, the NO RING CIRCUS blog, and an interview with NATALIA JIMENEZ on the MSNBC BLOG.  In addition, THE SUFFERING OF LIGHT  is also included as one of PDN NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2011, one of AMERICAN PHOTO’s BEST PHOTO BOOKS OF 2011, one of the GUARDIAN’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS OF THE YEAR, 2011, one of PHOTO EYE’s Best Photography Books of 2011, and one of ELISABETH BIONDI’S choices for 2011 BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS on ELIZABETH AVEDON’S blog.

For those who didn’t get a chance to see the exhibition yet, consider attending Alex’s gallery talk at APERTURE on Saturday, December 17th, from 4-5 pm.–Rebecca Norris Webb


Alex Webb, “The Suffering of Light,” @ Aperture, New York, through January 19, 2012

Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, “Violet Isle: A Photographic Portrait of Cuba,” @ MFA, Boston, through Jan. 16, 2012

Alex Webb, “The Suffering of Light,” at the Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, through Jan. 14, 2012

Rebecca Norris Webb and other artists, “Winged Shadows: Life Among Birds,” NDMOA, Grand Forks, ND, through Jan. 15, 2012


January 22-29, 2012: “The Streets of Havana,” a Nordic Light Workshop, is almost full.

Additional Webb Workshops 2012 include:

Sunday May 20 to Friday May 25, 2012,  Brooklyn, New York, “Finding Your Vision Workshop”

Friday, March 9 thru Sunday, March 11, 2012, Singapore, “Finding Your Vision” weekend workshop

Friday March 23 to Sunday March 25, 2012, possible weekend workshop @ Aperture, NY

For more information, please contact Rebecca:   Ask to placed on the email blog/workshop update list for the latest workshop information.

Rebecca Norris Webb, "Havana, 2007" at MFA, Boston & NDMOA