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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


©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”


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


––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:

––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



––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.  


––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.


–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.


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.





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.


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

SEPTEMBER EVENTS: Chicago, Boston, and Santa Fe

September 5, 2011

Alex Webb, “Nuevo Laredo, 1996,” from the book, “Crossings,” part of the Stephen Daiter Gallery exhibition this month

Hope you can join us for one of our three September events:  Alex’s opening for “The Suffering of Light” at the Stephen Daiter Gallery on Friday evening, September 9th from 5 to 8pm; our joint gallery exhibition, which includes work from our Cuba book and Museum of Fine Arts exhibition, “Violet Isle,” at the Robert Klein Gallery on Saturday afternoon, September 17th, from 2-4pm.

Lastly, please join us for our  joint slide talk and book signing   “Together and Apart,” including a conversation with Radius creative director and noted book designer, David Chickey, at RADIUS BOOKS in Santa Fe, Friday, Sept. 24th, from 5:30-7 pm, which will be held just before the CENTER’s panel of photography experts, including New Mexico Museum of Art curator, Katherine Ware, and Photo-Eye’s Melanie McWhorter, a talk which is located nearby.  Both the RADIUS and CENTER events are free and open to the public.

Please let us know if you can attend any of the events by posting a comment below. Looking forward to seeing some of you this month.––Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

Rebecca Norris Webb, Havana, 2008, from VIOLET ISLE exhibitions this month at Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

THREE UPCOMING OCTOBER EVENTS:  Hope to see some of you at Alex’s slide talk and conversation in Washington, D.C., at the Mexican Cultural Center, on Thursday, Oct. 6th; our joint slide talk in Oslo on Monday, October 10th: and at our talk and book signing at PowerHouse Books in Dumbo on Sunday, October 23d, at 5pm.  We’ll have links and details by the end of the month.––Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb

Rebecca Norris Webb, from the upcoming book, "My Dakota," (Radius, May 2012) and September 23d slide talk in Santa Fe (wtih Alex Webb & David Chickey at Radius Books)

WORKSHOP UPDATE: For those working on a long-term project, there are still a few spaces left for the BOOK WEEKEND WITH RADIUS BOOKS the third weekend in September, and the PHOTO PROJECT WORKSHOP the last week in October.  Former Webb workshop participants are invited to apply without submitting a formal application, but other photographers will be considered as well.  Please contact Rebecca for more information:

Nancy Webb will be honored at the October 1st PAAM Gala

Nancy Webb, "Sunflowers"

TWO CONGRATULATIONS:  We’d like to congratulate Alex’s talented mother, NANCY WEBB, for being awarded a lifetime artist award at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.  Hope to see some of you there at the PAAM ARTrageous Celebration & Silent Auction on October 1st.  We’d also like to congratulate DIMITRI MELLOS –– whose PHOTO PROJECT WORKSHOP project last October, “Its Strangest Patterns” –– was awarded Blurb’s First Runner Up in the Travel Category.––Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

Dimitri Mellos, Its Strangest Patterns

TWO THANKS: Violet Isle

January 24, 2011

Rebecca Norris Webb, "Violet Isle" cover, Radius Books

We have some good news to share:  VIOLET ISLE was selected as one of the “Best Books of 2010” on the Photo-Eye website by independent curator/photography blogger, Elizabeth Avedon.  We’re pleased and honored to be included among such photographers as Alec Soth, Martin Parr, Sally Mann, Lee Friedlander, Tim Hetherington, Taryn Simon, Jean Gaumy, Mark Powers, Jason Fulford, Thomas Demand, David Taylor, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Carl De Keyzer, and others.  To read more about the various authors and books, visit the Photo-Eye site. Thanks so much, Elizabeth.

And thanks again to award-winning Cuban poet, Reina Maria Rodriguez, for allowing us to use her wonderful quote below in VIOLET ISLE.  Recently Reina, who lives in Havana (she’s photographed below), received our gift to her — a copy of our book, whose title was inspired by the title poem of one of Reina’s poetry books. –– Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

fue una ciudad con puerto

donde ya no se ha ido ni ha vuelto nadie más…

–de “Violet Island” por la poeta cubana, Reina María Rodríguez

once it was a city with a port

where now no one else has come or gone…

–from “Violet Island” by Cuban poet, Reina María Rodríguez