Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image

The Photography Workshop Series

Authored by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. Introduction by Teju Cole.

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In this installment of The Photography Workshop Series, internationally acclaimed color photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, offer their expert insight into street photography and the poetic image. Through words and photographs—their own and others'—they invite the reader into the heart of their artistic processes.

Aperture Foundation works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches to, teachings on, and insights into photography—offering the workshop experience in a book. Our goal is to inspire photographers at all levels who wish to improve their work, as well as readers interested in deepening their understanding of the art of photography. Each volume is introduced by a well-known student of the featured photographer. In this volume, the Webbs share their thoughts about a wide range of practical and philosophical issues, from questions about seeing and being in the world with a camera, to how to shape a complete body of work in a way that's both structured and intuitive. Award-winning novelist Teju Cole, a student of the Webbs, provides the introduction.

Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 128
Publication date: 2014-06-30
Measurements: 7.5 x 9.9 x 0.5 inches
ISBN: 9781597112574


As a reading experience, the books feel more like monographs with expansive captions than generic how-to guides.Eye Magazine

If you want to be inspired in your creative process, read Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image. I already want to read this book again.Photo Life

These highly readable and digestible books will get any photographer thinking and seeing in new ways.PDN on The Photography Workshop Series

Authored by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. Introduction by Teju Cole.

Alex Webb has published more than fifteen books, including Memory City (2014, with Rebecca Norris Webb), La Calle: Photographs from Mexico (Aperture, 2016), as well as a survey of his color work, The Suffering of Light (Aperture, 2011). Webb became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has been shown widely, and he has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007.
Rebecca Norris Webb, originally a poet, often explores the complicated relationship between people and the natural world in her seven books, including The Glass Between Us (2006), Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (2009, with Alex Webb), and My Dakota (2012). A 2019 NEA grant recipient, she has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among other museums.
Teju Cole is a photographer, essayist, and author born in the United States to Nigerian parents and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of two works of fiction: Every Day is for the Thief, a novella, and the novel Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award; the New York City Book Award for Fiction; the Rosenthal Award, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and the Internationaler Literaturpreis, from the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. He is a contributor to the New York Times, the New Yorker, and other publications.