In this new column, we’ll occasionally mention some of the books we’ve added to our ever-growing and eclectic library, which is gradually taking over our Brooklyn apartment. (We were both English majors in college, so we have 100’s of poetry, nonfiction, novels, and photography books.)
We recently added the following four books of photography — Lee Friedlander’s America by Car, Alec Soth’s From Here to There, Jason Eskenasi’s Wonderland, David Taylor’s Working the Line — and one book of poetry: Charles Simic’s Lingering Ghosts. They are all very different books, reflecting five fascinating and unusual ways of responding to the world and human existence. What they do all share, however, is a sense of individuality: one cannot imagine anyone else making these books except these particular authors. It’s what both Rebecca and I prize about each of these books.
Trent Bailey’s photograph of the five books on our library’s mantelpiece also shows a detail from an early Patrick Webb painting, as well as an unusual new addition — Phinneas the Pheasant — a specimen of a ring-tailed pheasant, which happens to be the state bird of Rebecca’s home state of South Dakota. We acquired Phinneas this fall while driving back from the Black Hills to our Brooklyn neighborhood.–Alex Webb
NEW HONG KONG WORKSHOP ADDED MIDJANUARY:
We’ve added a two-day workshop in Hong Kong next month, in which we’ll feature the first unbound copy of Alex’s upcoming survey book, The Suffering of Light, hot off the press from the printing plant in Hong Kong. If you’re based in Hong Kong or the area — or have photographic friends that are — please feel free to email them this link to the workshop, which is on the Magnum site.
To read more about this workshop in Chinese, please visit this link.—Rebecca Norris Webb