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March 18, 2015
by Alex Webb
RELATED EVENTS: Friday July 17, 6:00-8:00pm: Public lecture at the Cleveland Museum of Art: “Slant Rhymes: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Sunday, July 19, 3:30-4:30 My Dakota: Gallery Talk/Walk Through at the Cleveland Museum of Art with Rebecca Norris Webb and Alex Webb, open to the public.


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. A workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, students and seasoned photographers, it will taught by Alex and Rebecca, a creative team who often edit projects and books together –– including their book and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exhibition, "Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba,” and their new books, “Memory City” and “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image.”

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Best best known for his vibrant and complex color work, especially from Latin America and the Caribbean, Alex Webb has published 11 books, including The Suffering of Light, a collection of 30 years of his color work, and most recently Memory City (with Rebecca Norris Webb). 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, Houston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y., and the Guggenheim Museum, N.Y. 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 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 — The Glass Between Us, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb), My Dakota, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image, and Memory City (with Alex Webb). Originally a poet, Rebecca often interweaves her text and photographs in her books, most notably with My Dakota — an elegy for her brother who died unexpectedly — with shows this year at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, and The Cleveland Museum of Art. Her work has also been shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, George Eastman House, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, and Ricco/Maresca Gallery, NYC. Her photogaphs have appeared in Time, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Le Monde Magazine.

Palmer Workshop Scholarship

Two tuition-free scholarships available to attend the upcoming Finding Your Vision @ The Cleveland Museum of Art weekend workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, June 17-19, 2015

Open to all university photography students, either undergraduate or graduate students, including those who finish their degree program in winter or spring 2015. Work by all kinds of photographers will be considered — from art photographers to documentary photographers — the only stipulation being that none of the images submitted have been dramatically altered digitally.

Please note: Scholarship winners will be responsible for all travel, housing, and food connected with this weekend workshop.

Scholarship Application Opens: Wed. April 1 2015
Deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Notification of winner: Monday, May 18, 2015

JUDGES: Photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb and Cleveland Museum of Art Curator of Photography Barbara Tannenbaum.

TO APPLY: Please submit the following materials to the email address — — and write PALMER WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIP on the subject line.

A. In the email, please include the following in one word doc:

1. Name and email
2. 100 word statement about your work (if you work in a series, please include a short description of your series, project, or book)
3. 100 word bio, which includes your photographic background and website or online link to your photographs
4. Two names and emails of references of people familiar with your photographic work, such as professors, workshop teachers, fellow photographers, editors, curators, publishers.

B. Additionally, in this email please also attach 10 small jpgs (ideally from one project or series), 72 dpi, and 1080 pixels on the longest side

Alex’s and Rebecca’s website
Alex’s and Rebecca’s “Two Looks” blog
Alex Webb on New York Times Lens Blog
Rebecca Norris Webb on New York Times Lens Blog