Thursday, September 15, 2011

FINDING YOUR VISION: A Workshop with Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb

Dates & Time: Friday, December 2, 2011, 7 - 8:30 pm Slide Presentation. Workshop participants are welcome to bring one guest; Saturday, December 3, 2011, 10 am – 6 pm. Workshop participants only.

Location: Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen Street West, Toronto, On, M6J 1H6, 416-504-0575

Price: $250.00 CDN + HST

Class limit: 20

Registration Details: Please contact Natalie Spagnol, Director of Operations, at or 416.504.0575

Bombay, India, 1981 © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos

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

This is a workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike. The workshop will begin with a slide presentation of Alex and Rebecca’s work on Friday evening at the Stephen Bulger Gallery. The next morning will begin with the reviews of each photographer's work, serving as a jumping off point for a larger discussion about various photographic issues. Alex and Rebecca are a creative team who often edit projects and books together, including their book and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exhibition, "Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba." They will explore a series of topics, including the process of photographing spontaneously and intuitively; how to photograph in cultures other than one's own; how to edit photographs intuitively; the practical realities of the magazine and art worlds; the emotional and psychological implications of working in color vs. black and white; the difference between images in a book and images on the wall; and how long-term projects can evolve into books and exhibitions. Participants should be prepared to ask questions, as these concerns will help shape the ultimate direction of the workshop.

What to Bring to the Workshop:

For the Saturday group portfolio review, which will introduce everyone and touch on larger photographic issues that may pertain to others in the workshop as well, participants should bring about 30 - 40 prints (Please bring prints, NOT digital files). The prints do not have to be fine art 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 a series of photographs should bring a selection of photographs from two or three series, or an excerpt from a long-term project, which participants are welcome to sequence. We are interested in each participant’s individual vision, rather than whether he or she can work professionally or not. So bring your 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.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided on Saturday. Please contact the gallery about any dietary restrictions or allergies.

*For those who have taken a workshop with Alex and Rebecca in the past, you have the option of bringing 40 prints from a long-term project that you have sequenced.

Black Birds, 2006 © Rebecca Norris Webb

The Workshop Teachers:

Alex Webb is best known for his vibrant and complex colour 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 (Aperture/Thames and Hudson, UK Edition). 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 his continued work 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 the George Eastman House Museum and Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York. 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, Rochester; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown. She is also represented by the Photographers’ Gallery in London. Rebecca’s work has appeared in Time, New Letters, Orion, and other magazines. Her third book, My Dakota, will be published in 2012 by Radius, and exhibited at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. Alex and Rebecca have a joint exhibition of their Cuba photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which will run until January 2012. It will then travel to the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona, Florida. The couple is currently collaborating on a project in the U.S.

Additional Information on the Workshop Teachers:

Alex and Rebecca’s website:
Alex and Rebecca’s “Two Looks” blog:

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