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Workshop with Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb and David Chickey

January 3, 2013 
by Alex Webb 
Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, and David Chickey
Radius Books offices, 227 Place Ave., Suite W., Santa Fe, NM
Friday evening, March 22, 2013 thru Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2013

This intensive weekend bookmaking workshop is open to anyone who is passionate about a photography project that he or she has been working on –– from serious amateurs to seasoned professionals, from documentary photographers to art photographers, from those photographing a theme, a place, or an issue to those working on a more personal series of photographs of family or friends. This workshop will help each participant learn how to take his or her project to the next level.

The workshop will be taught by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a creative team who’ve edited seven books together — including Rebecca’s My Dakota, Alex’s The Suffering of Light, and their joint books Violet Isle and the upcoming Memory City —and by noted designer David Chickey, Radius’s publisher and creative director who has designed photo books for more than 20 publishers and museums over the last 15 years.

Through an individual assignment tailored for each participant, presentations, discussions, and an editing exercise, the Webbs and Chickey will explore with you a variety of book-related topics over this intensive weekend, including such issues as how to discover the heart of your photography project, how to edit and sequence a photo book intuitively, how to figure out what’s left to photograph for your project, how to choose a writer, title and cover image, how to work with a designer, what to expect when you go on press, and how prints in a book differ from prints on a wall.

To apply: photographers must submit 10 small jpgs (72 dpi, 8 inches on longest side) or a link to your project online, and a short statement about the project (no more than 250 words), as a word doc to the Webbs: Former Webb Workshop participants are invited to apply without submitting a formal application if Alex and Rebecca are familiar with your project.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Alex and Rebecca:

FRIDAY, March 22, 2013, 7-8:30pm, “Webb Works: The Photographs of Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb,” free public slide talk followed by a Q&A led by David Chickey and book signing. The event will be held at the Radius Books office in Santa Fe.


Alex Webb is best known for his vibrant and complex color work, especially from Latin America and the Caribbean. He has published nine books, including Istanbul and Violet Isle (with Rebecca Norris Webb), the latter exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2011. His ninth book, The Suffering of Light, a collection of 30 years of his color work, was published by Aperture (1st ed., 2011; 2nd ed. spring 2013). Alex has exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y., and the Guggenheim Museum, N.Y. Alex became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, Geo, and other magazines. He has received numerous awards and grants including a Hasselblad Foundation Grant in 1998 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. Alex is currently working on a second joint book with Rebecca in Rochester, N.Y., called Memory City.

Originally a poet, Rebecca Norris Webb has published three photography books that explore the complicated relationship between people and the natural world —The Glass Between Us, Violet Isle (with Alex Webb), and My Dakota, the latter interweaving her spare text and photographs from her home state of South Dakota. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. In 2012, My Dakota was exhibited at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, S.D. and the Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, and will be exhibited in 2013 at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, and the North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, N.D. Her work has appeared in Time, Le Monde Magazine, Orion, and other magazines. Rebecca teaches photography workshops with Alex for museums, galleries, and universities around the world.

David Chickey is a book designer and curator with over 20 years experience in the art business. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill and Sussex University, his experience includes work with both the museum and the gallery world — including the St. Louis Center for Contemporary Art, the Allene Lapides Gallery, and Sotheby’s, London. He is currently co-owner of Skolkin+Chickey, which provides a full range of design and packaging services to artists, museums, and publishers. Clients have included Hudson Hills Press, Clarkson Potter, SITE Santa Fe, Magnum Photography, the Amon Carter Museum, and many others. He is the former board chair of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM and the Publisher & Creative Director at Radius Books.


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