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April 20, 2016
by Alex Webb
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. 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 book and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exhibition, "Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba,” and their most recent book, “Memory City.”


Alex Webb Exhibition Artist Reception: Friday evening, June 17th, at Leica Royal Exchange, 18 Royal Exchange, London

NOTE: This is a workshop for photographers who collaborate with the world, not for those who dramatically alter their photographs digitally.


Best known for his vibrant and complex color work, especially from Latin America and the Caribbean, Alex Webb has published 13 books, including The Suffering of Light, a survey book of his color work, and most recently, Memory City (with Rebecca Norris Webb), a meditation about film, time, and the city of Rochester, NY itself, the long-time home of Kodak, in the year following the company’s bankruptcy. His 14th book, La Calle — which features some 30 years of his street photographs from Mexico — will be published in fall 2016 to coincide with the opening of the traveling exhibition of the work at Aperture Foundation in New York. Alex has exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, and the Guggenheim Museum, NY. Alex first joined Magnum Photos 40 years ago, becoming a full member in 1979. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Geo Magazine and other publications. He has received numerous awards and grants including a Hasselblad Foundation Grant in 1998 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007.

Rebecca Norris Webb has published five photography books — including The Glass Between Us, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image, and Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb), the latter exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Originally a poet, Rebecca often interweaves her text and photographs in her books, most notably with My Dakota — an elegy for her brother who died unexpectedly — with a solo exhibition of the work this past summer at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Her photographs have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, Le Monde, National Geographic, among other publications, and her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, and George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY. The second printing of My Dakota will be launched at Paris Photo in November 2016, along with an Italian edition of the book. She’s currently working on two new collaborative projects in the U.S. with Alex.


Alex and Rebecca on Instagram
Alex and Rebecca’s Website
Two Looks blog
Rebecca’s My Dakota on the New York Times Lens Blog
Alex’s The Suffering of Light featured in New York Times Lens Blog
“Slant Rhymes: Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb interviewed by photography critic Teju Cole on ‘Memory City’”