Aperture Conversations

Alex Webb and Denise Wolff Discuss “Dislocations”

Friday, December 1

1:00 p.m. EDT

Join us for a special conversation between artist Alex Webb and Aperture senior editor Denise Wolff as they discuss the newly imagined edition of Webb’s now-classic and long out-of-print Dislocations. Dislocations presents a contemporary update of Alex Webb’s 1998 book by the same name, which was first published by Harvard’s Film Study Center as an experiment in alternative book making.

The 1998 book brought together pictures from the many disparate locations over Webb’s oeuvre, meditating on the act of photography as a form of dislocation in itself. It was instantly collectible and continues to be sought after today. Webb returned to the idea of dislocation during the pandemic, looking at images produced in the twenty years since the original publication—as well as looking back at that first edition. Dislocations expands a beloved limited edition with unpublished images that speak to today’s sense of displacement. As a series of pictures that would have been impossible to create in a world dominated by closed borders and disrupted travel, it continues to resonate as the world resets.

This virtual public program is free and open to all.

Alex Webb has published more than fifteen books, including Aperture titles Brooklyn: The City Within (2019, with Rebecca Norris Webb), La Calle: Photographs from Mexico (2016), On Street Photography and the Poetic Image (2014, with Rebecca Norris Webb), and a survey of his color work, The Suffering of Light (2011). Webb has been a full member of Magnum Photos since 1979. His work has been shown widely, and he has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007.

Denise Wolff is senior editor in the book program at Aperture. She focuses mainly on commissioning and editing books for a broad audience, including The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip by David Campany (2014) and Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography by Susan Bright (2017), for which she also cocurated the accompanying exhibitions; The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern (2014); Girl Pictures by Justine Kurland (2020); The Colors We Share by Angélica Dass (2021); and Eyes Open: 23 Photography Projects for Curious Kids by Susan Meiselas (2021).

Image: Alex Webb, Milan, 2016; from Alex Webb: Dislocations (Aperture, 2023) © Alex Webb

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