Weekend Workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

Gouyave, Grenada 1979 © Alex Webb/Magnum Photos

Aperture is now offering another chance to join  Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb in a weekend photography workshop at Aperture.

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 will also 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, as well as the process of how long-term projects evolve into books and exhibitions. A workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, it will taught by Alex and Rebecca, a creative team who often edit projects and books together –– including their joint book and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exhibition, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba, Alex’s recent Aperture book, The Suffering of Light, and Rebecca’s upcoming third book, My Dakota.

Included in the workshop will be an editing exercise as well as an optional photography assignment and long-term project review.  For more information –– including workshop fees, how to enroll, daily schedule –– please email Anne Lewis [email protected]

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: Friday evening, March 23, 2012, thru Sunday afternoon, March 25, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012: 7:00-8:30pm: Alex and Rebecca Slide talk and Q&A

Saturday and Sunday, March 24 & 25, 2012: 10-6:00 pm

Price: $500/ $450 for photography students and Aperture Patrons

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 W. 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY
(212) 505-5555


Through group portfolio reviews, discussions, presentations, and an editing exercise, this two-day intensive workshop will help photographers begin to understand their own distinct way of seeing the world.

A workshop for photographers at all levels – from serious amateurs to professional photographers – this weekend workshop will begin with reviews of each participant’s work the first morning, a process that will serve as a jumping off point for a larger discussion about various photographic issues.  Alex and Rebecca are a creative team who often edit projects, books, and exhibitions together, including their joint book and museum exhibition, “Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba.” The Webbs will explore with the class a series of topics, including the process of photographing spontaneously and intuitively, how to edit photographs intuitively, the emotional and psychological implications of working in color vs. black and white, how lens choice is a personal and emotional choice, the differences of working in film and working digitally, how to work in cultures different than one’s own, the difference between images in a book and images on the wall, how to work with a designer on a book, an introduction to being on press with a book, and how long-term projects can evolve into books and exhibitions.  The workshop will explore how to find or deepen one’s vision, and discuss what each photographer’s next step photographically might be.  Participants should be prepared to ask questions, as these concerns will help shape the ultimate direction of the workshop.



Friday, 7:00-8:30pm Workshop welcome, reception and joint slide talk with Alex and Rebecca followed by Q&A

Saturday 10:00-6:00 pm

Group portfolio review (everyone brings 30-40 small work prints , NOT digital files.  Afternoon session will include presentations and an editing exercise

For those who would like to do an optional photography assignment on Saturday  PLEASE BRING A DIGITAL CAMERA TO THE WORKSHOP.

The optional photography assignment:  If you are already photographing a long-term project in New York, feel free to continue photographing on this late Sat. afternoon or evening, or first thing on Sunday morning before class.  For others, you may want to choose a street or neighborhood to photograph either late afternoon or early morning before class on Sunday.  Whatever you choose to photograph is up to you.

Before class on Sunday, please put the “A” and “B” edit on a thumb drive or portable hard drive to bring to class on Sunday.  We will explain how to do the editing in class on Saturday.

For those who would prefer not to photograph on Saturday, they have the option of bringing in 30 small prints from a long-term project that they are passionate about to class on Sunday. (Please let us know if you’re interested in doing this option, so we make sure we have enough time in class on Sunday for everyone interested.  Email Alex and Rebecca at [email protected])

Sunday, 10:00-6:00 pm

Morning:  Group edit of the photography assignment; presentations
Afternoon: Presentations and photo project reviews

WHAT TO BRING: Participants should bring about 30-40 PRINTS (Please bring prints, NOT digital files. The prints don’t have to be fine prints, they can be small, inexpensive work prints, such as inkjet prints. The main focus is the image, NOT the quality of the print.). Those working in series of photographs should bring a selection of photographs from two or three series, or an excerpt from a long-term project. We are interested in each participant’s individual vision, rather than whether he or she can work professionally or not. So bring the personal project or projects –– the work that represents your passions, your obsessions –– not the set of portraits done simply to satisfy an editor or art director.

For the Sunday class, those photographers working on long-term project are welcome to bring up to 40 additional small prints from a project, which we will look at, time permitting (please contact Alex and Rebecca if you are interested in this option at the above gmail email.  We may ask for jpgs to be emailed ahead of time).


Alex Webb is best known for his vibrant and complex color work, especially from Latin America and the Caribbean.  He has published nine books, including Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names, and his most recent, The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Photographs.  Alex has exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, and the Guggenheim Museum, NY. Alex became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, Geo, and other magazines. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 for continuing working in Cuba, and the Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas in 2009.

For the past decade, Rebecca Norris Webb has been exploring the complicated relationship between people and the natural world. Originally a poet, she has shown her photographic work internationally, including at the George Eastman House Museum and Ricco Maresca Gallery, NY. Her first book, The Glass Between Us, was published in 2006, and her second book, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb), was published in November 2009.  Her photographs are in the collections of the George Eastman House Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Her third book, My Dakota, which interweaves her spare text and lyrical photographs, will be published in May 2012 (Radius Books), and exhibited at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, and the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks.

Alex and Rebecca’s recent joint exhibition of their Cuba photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will travel to the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona, Florida in 2013, and then to other venues.  The couple is currently collaborating on a project in the U.S.



Alex’s and Rebecca’s website: http://www.webbnorriswebb.com/

Alex’s and Rebecca’s “Two Looks” blog: http://webbnorriswebb.wordpress.com/