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Rebecca Norris Webb’s “My Dakota”

a windshield screen with horses printed on it, from Rebecca Norris Webb's "My Dakota"

Recently profiled by Time‘s LightBox and New Yorker‘s PhotoBooth, Rebecca Norris Webb’s My Dakota, on view at the Dahl Arts Center in South Dakota (through October 13, 2012), is an intensely personal engagement with the landscape, a photographic response to the sudden, unexpected death of her brother. Following the family tragedy, the photographer’s “explorations shifted from the geography of the West to the interior landscape of grief,” writes Suzanne Shaheen.

For the duration of the exhibition, Webb will be opening up and soliciting photographic responses to her own inward-looking work from an online photography community through the Our Dakota open flickr group.  Group members will be offered three response assignments over the course of the next few months, created by Webb and her husband and creative partner, Magnum Photojournalist Alex Webb. The first two assignments are now live. The final assignment will be posted on September 1.

A selection of photographs from the Flickr group curated by the Webbs and their assistant, photographer Trent Davis Bailey, will be shown at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Sioux Falls and at the Dahl Arts Center before the Webbs’ joint slide talk on Friday, October 5, 2012.

In addition to being a photographer, Rebecca Norris Webb is also a poet and educator. She and her husband have been conducting popular photography workshops for some time now, including one at held at Aperture Gallery in late March of this year, which sold out. The two are offering another weekend workshop called “Find Your Vision” in October immediately following the joint slide talk, which is still open for registration.

Select images from My Dakota were also exhibited at the group show Weather (through August 17, 2012) at Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York.

Read interviews with Rebecca Norris Webb and Alex Webb from Visura MagazineThe Tripod Blog and The Telegraph.

View Alex Webb’s installation shots of Rebecca’s exhibition in South Dakota on their blog.

My Dakota
Exhibition on view:
June 1 – October 13, 2012

“Find Your Vision” Public Slide Talk With Alex and Rebecca Norris Webb
Friday, October 5, 2012 at 7:00-9:00 pm

Dahl Arts Center
713 7th Street
Rapid City, SD
(605) 394-4101


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