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December 22, 2015
by Alex Webb
Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, and David Chickey
Friday March 18, 7pm-Sunday March 20, 2016, 6pm

Radius Books offices, 227 Place Ave., Suite W., Santa Fe, NM
—Applications open: Monday, Dec. 21 until workshop is filled
—To apply: Please send a link to your project online or 10 small jpgs (72 dpi, 15 inches on longest side) along with a short statement (not more than 250 words) about your project (as a word doc if possible) to Alex and Rebecca: —Cost: $600; Payment must be made in full to Radius Books to secure your spot.
—Workshop Schedule: Friday, March 18, 7-8:30, “Slant Rhymes: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” a joint slide talk followed by a Q&A led by David Chickey of Radius Books and book signing; Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20: Radius Books offices, 10am-6pm.

We’ll kick off the weekend with a Friday evening “Slant Rhymes” slide talk of the work of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a creative team who’ve between the two of them have created some 14 books, including most recently Memory City (Radius, 2014)–– their joint Radius book that was exhibited most recently at the Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco. The slide talk will be followed by a conversation and Q&A with the Webbs and David Chickey, the publisher and creative director of Radius Books, who has designed photo books for more than 20 publishers and museums over the last 15 years, and worked on five of the Webbs’ books.

Saturday will begin with a review of each participant’s project, with Alex, Rebecca and David tailoring an individual assignment for each photographer, which will be due the next morning. On Sunday morning, Alex, Rebecca, and David will go over the assignments, and offer specific suggestions for each photographer about how to take his or her project to the next level. Sunday afternoon will feature presentations by David Chickey and the Webbs, ending the workshop with an intimate Q&A and reception for all the workshop participants.

Throughout this intensive weekend, this workshop will explore a variety of photo book related topics through discussion, presentations, and an editing exercise, including such issues as how to find the heart of your photography book, how to edit and sequence a photo book intuitively, how to figure out what’s left to photograph for your book, how to choose a writer for your book, how to select the right title for your book, how to decide on the right size for your photo book, how to choose a cover image, how to work with a designer, what to expect when you go on press for a book, and how prints in a book differ from prints on a wall.


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 survey book of his color work, and most recently, Memory City (with Rebecca Norris Webb), a meditation about film, time, and the city of Rochester, NY itself, the long-time home of Kodak, in the year following the company’s bankruptcy. His 12th book, La Calle — which will feature some 30 years of his street photographs from Mexico — will be published in fall 2016 to coincide with the opening of the traveling exhibition of the work at Aperture Foundation in New York. Alex has exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 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 the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Geo Magazine and other publications. 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 — including The Glass Between Us, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image, and Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb), the latter exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 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 a solo exhibition of the work this past summer at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Her photographs have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, Le Monde, National Geographic, among other publications, and her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, and George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY. For the past 15 years, she’s been teaching photography workshops with Alex Webb — her husband and creative partner — for museums, universities, and other arts organizations around the world. She’s currently working on two new collaborative projects in the U.S. with Alex.

David Chickey is a book designer and curator with over 20 years experience in the art business. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill and Sussex University, his experience includes work with both the museum and the gallery world — including the St. Louis Center for Contemporary Art, the Allene Lapides Gallery, and Sotheby’s, London. He is currently co-owner of Skolkin+Chickey which provides a full range of design and packaging services to artists, museums, and publishers. Clients have included Hudson Hills Press, Clarkson Potter, SITE Santa Fe, Magnum Photography, the Amon Carter Museum, and many others. He is the former board chair of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM and the Publisher & Creative Director at Radius Books.


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

Radius Books

Alex on the New York Times Lens Blog

Rebecca on the New York Times Lens Blog
Alex and Rebecca interviewed by Teju Cole/New Yorker
David on Le Journal de la Photographie