Aperture, 547 West 27th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10001
Tuition: $500 ($450 for currently enrolled photography students and Aperture Patrons)
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 a unique vision to discovering and completing a long-term project to translating a body of work into books and exhibitions. This is a workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, taught by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, 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 book My Dakota. Included in the workshop will be an editing exercise as well as an optional photography assignment or long-term-project review. Participants should be prepared to ask questions, as these concerns will help shape the ultimate direction of the workshop.
Alex Webb is best known for his vibrant and complex color photography, often made in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has published nine books, including Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names, Aperture and Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Rebecca Norris Webb). His latest book, The Suffering of Light, a collection of thirty years of his color work, was published by Aperture (2011). Alex has exhibited at museums worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Alex became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has appeared in National Geographic, New York Times Magazine, Geo, and other magazines. He has received numerous awards and grants.
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: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb), and My Dakota, which interweaves her text and photographs from her home state of South Dakota. In 2012, My Dakota was selected as a Time, PDN, and Photo-Eye best photography book of the year. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York In 2012, My Dakota was exhibited at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, and the Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, and will be exhibited in summer 2013 at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, and the North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks. Her work has appeared in Time, Orion, and Le Monde Magazine.
Friday, June 21
7:00–8:30 p.m.—Alex and Rebecca’s joint slide talk, book signing, and Q&A, open to the public.
Saturday & Sunday, June 22–23
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.—This weekend workshop will begin with reviews of each participant’s work on Saturday morning, a process that will spark a larger discussion about various photographic issues, including the process of photographing spontaneously and intuitively; how to edit photographs; how to work in cultures different than one’s own; and how long-term projects can evolve into books and exhibitions. The first day will end with a group editing exercise and an optional photography or editing assignment. Sunday will be dedicated to reviewing each participant’s assignments, as well as a series of presentations about bookmaking and exhibitions that will end with an informal Q&A session with the Webbs. Lunch will be served.
Refund/Cancellation Policy for Aperture Workshops
All fees are nonrefundable if you withdraw from a workshop less than one month prior to its start date, unless we are able to fill your seat. In the event of a medical emergency, please provide a physician’s note stating the nature of the emergency, and Aperture will issue you a credit that can be applied to future workshops. Aperture reserves the right to cancel any workshop up to one week prior to the start date if the workshop is under-enrolled, in which case a full refund will be issued. A minimum of eight students is required to run a workshop.