Aperture In Person
Slant Rhymes: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
Friday, September 23
This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above, as well as workshop participants.
Photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb will present a variety of work during this joint artist talk, featuring photographs from some of the creative couple’s collaborative books—including Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image (Aperture, 2014) and Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (2009), as well as photographs from a new collaborative work-in-progress about Brooklyn, The City Within. The Webbs will also show work from Alex’s new Aperture monograph, La Calle: Photographs from Mexico (Aperture, 2016) and Rebecca’s newly reissued third book, My Dakota (2012, 2016). The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Best known for his vibrant and complex color work, especially from Latin America and the Caribbean, Alex Webb has published fourteen books, including The Suffering of Light (Aperture, 2011), a survey book of his color work, and most recently Memory City (2014, with Rebecca Norris Webb), a meditation about film, time, and the city of Rochester, New York, the longtime home of Kodak, in the year following the company’s bankruptcy. His fifteenth book, La Calle—which features some thirty 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 on September 7, 2016. Alex has exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 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, New York; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Alex became a full member of Magnum Photos 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 (2006), Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image (Aperture, 2014), and Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (2009, 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 (2012)—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, and 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, New York. This fall, Radius is reissuing My Dakota, which will be launched at Paris Photo, along with an Italian version of the book launched soon after in Rome. This summer, she was one of the guest curators of Documentum’s Pictures & Text issue, along with Teju Cole and Colette LaBouff Speer.
This program is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charina Endowment Fund, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Inc., and the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation. Additional public funds are from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Image: Rebecca Norris Webb, Blackbirds, from My Dakota (left); Alex Webb, Nuevo Laredo, 1996, from La Calle (right)