From THE MORE-OR-LESS DECISIVE MOMENTS, Magnum Photos 5-Day Square Print Sale, June 6-June 10, 2016: Follow this link to purchase Alex’s $100 signed archival print.
“Probably, no photographer has influenced me for as long as Henri Cartier-Bresson. For some 50 years, I’ve been drawn to his early, prewar work with its surreal ambiguity. However, ever since I first saw my father’s copy of The Decisive Moment in the late 1960’s, I’ve been uneasy with the title. The notion of a “decisive moment” seems just too pat, too unpoetic for such a complicated vision. Years later, it was gratifying to discover that the original French title was Images a la Sauvette—“Images on the Sly’—a humbler notion more in the spirit of his early street photographs, work that embraces the mystery and uncertainty of collaborating with the world. “It is the photo that takes you,” as he once said.
There are many photographs of mine that have “taken me.” I chose “Havana, 1993” because Cuba then seemed suspended in time, echoing the feel of the Spanish streets in the 1930’s that Cartier-Bresson photographed so memorably. I suspect that the Cartier-Bresson I knew would have been skeptical of the color of this homage to him— but I’d like to think his younger, surrealistic self would have at least appreciated the two boys in the background with that soccer ball, hovering over their heads, out of reach forever.”—Alex Webb from Magnum Square Print
NEW WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
PHOTO PROJECT 2016: NYC: Spend an intensive week in October in this intimate bookmaking workshop with Alex and Rebecca who’ve together and apart made some 16 books. We’ll spend the week editing and sequencing a project you’re passionate about, discuss text and how to find a writer for your project and also work with a designer to create a potential book cover or catalogue cover. APPLICATIONS OPEN: JUNE 12, 2016. Follow this link for more information.
VIOLET ISLE EXHIBITION, MILAN, June 13-September 17, 2016. Opening reception with Alex and Rebecca will be on Tuesday, June 14, at the Leica Galerie and Store Milan
ALEX’S SELECTIONS EXHIBITION, ARTIST RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING WITH REBECCA, LONDON, Friday June 17th, at the Leica Store, Royal Exchange.