Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Finding Your Vision

Saturday and Sunday, September 28–29, 2019
11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, N.Y.


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 also will help photographers figure out their next step photographically–from deepening their own unique vision, to the process of discovering and making a long-term project that they’re passionate about. A workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, it will be taught by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a creative team who often edit projects and books together-including their new Aperture book, Brooklyn: The City Within.

This weekend workshop will begin with a public artists’ talk on Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m., which all participants are required to attend, and an optional pre-workshop assignment due on Thursday, September 26 at 11 p.m. It will continue with reviews of each participant’s work on Saturday morning, which will spark a larger discussion about various photographic issues, including the process of photographing spontaneously and intuitively, how to edit (select and sequence) photographs instinctively, how to work in cultures different from one’s own, and how long-term projects can evolve into books and exhibitions. The first day of the workshop will end with a group-editing exercise and a photography or editing assignment. Sunday will be dedicated to reviewing each participant’s assignment, as well as a series of presentations about bookmaking and exhibitions. The workshop will end with an informal Q&A with Alex and Rebecca.

NOTE: This workshop is for photographers who collaborate with the world, not for those who dramatically alter or change their images digitally.

Alex Webb has published sixteen photography books, including Aperture’s The Suffering of Light, a survey book of thirty years of his color photographs. He’s 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. A Magnum Photos member since 1979, his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and other publications. He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His most recent books are Aperture’s La Calle: Photographs from Mexico and the collaboration Slant Rhymes with Rebecca Norris Webb.

Originally a poet, Rebecca Norris Webb often interweaves her text and photographs in her six books, most notably with her monograph, My Dakota—an elegy for her brother who died unexpectedly—with a solo exhibition of the work at the Cleveland Museum of Art (2015), among other venues. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine, and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Rebecca is an NEA grant recipient, and she’s currently working on her eighth book, Night Calls, where she’s following the route of her 99-year-old, country doctor father’s house calls through the same rural Indiana county where they both were born.

Alex and Rebecca on Instagram: @webb_norriswebb



  • Learn how to begin to find your own photographic voice
  • Learn more about selecting and sequencing your photographs intuitively
  • Learn how projects evolve into books and exhibitions

Materials To Bring:

  • Roughly 30 PRINTS (Please bring prints, NOT digital files). These don’t have to be finished prints. Small inkjet or machine prints, the latter like those made at a drugstore, are fine. The image is what matters most, not the quality of the print.
  • Optional: For those who choose the editing assignment, please bring 45–100 small prints (no larger than 4 by 6 inches or 5 by 7 inches) on Saturday, from one or two projects, including work that you hope one day will become a book.
  • Optional: For those who choose the photography assignment, please bring your digital camera on Saturday, because you’ll be photographing that afternoon after class (you’ll need a laptop to edit your work Saturday evening, which you’ll leave at home or at your hotel). You’ll also need a portable hard drive or thumb drive to bring your assignment to the classroom on Sunday morning.


Tuition for this workshop is $650, and includes lunch and light refreshments.

Currently enrolled students and Aperture Members at the $250 level and above receive a 10% discount on workshop tuition. Please contact [email protected] for a discount code. Students will need to provide proper documentation of enrollment.



This workshop is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist please
contact [email protected].



Please refer to all information provided regarding individual workshop details and requirements. Registration in any workshop will constitute your agreement to the terms and conditions outlined.

Aperture workshops are intended for adults 18 years or older.

If the workshop includes lunch, attendees are asked to notify Aperture at the time of registration regarding any special dietary requirements. Please contact us at [email protected].

If participants choose to purchase Aperture publications during the workshop they will receive a 20% discount. Aperture Members of all levels will receive a 30% discount.



Aperture reserves the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any educational course or part thereof, and to use the resulting photographs and videos for promotional purposes.
        By booking a workshop with Aperture Foundation, participants agree to allow their likenesses to be used for promotional purposes and in media; participants who prefer that their likenesses not be used are asked to identify themselves to Aperture staff.



Aperture workshops must be paid for in advance by credit card, cash, or debit card. All fees are non-refundable if you should choose to 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, in which case a full refund will be issued. A minimum of eight students is required to run this workshop.



Please act responsibly when using any equipment provided by Aperture or when in the presence of books, prints etc. belonging to other participants or the instructor(s). We recommend that refreshments be kept at a safe distance from all such objects.

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