Finding Your Vision Workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

When: Friday, March 19, 2021, 5:00pm

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Alex Webb "Williamsburg"; Rebecca Norris Webb, "Mute Swan, Prospect Park"
From left to right: Alex Webb, "Williamsburg"; Rebecca Norris Webb, "Mute Swan, Prospect Park"; both from the Museum's exhibition The City Within

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This is a virtual workshop which will take place via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link to join us in advance. 

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 celebrated photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a creative team who often edit projects and books together—including their recent Aperture book, Brooklyn: The City Within, with an accompanying exhibition of the same name which opened at the Museum on March 11, 2020. Included in the workshop will be an editing exercise, either a photographing or editing assignment, as well as an optional pre-workshop assignment. 

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

We welcome passionate beginners and professionals, college students and seasoned photographers, photojournalists and fine art photographers—anyone who is 18 years old or older and is passionate about photography. The applications will be on a first come/first serve basis, so signing up and paying the workshop fee guarantees your spot. If you have to cancel, all but a $50 processing fee will be refunded, if we can fill your spot. More information about assignments, materials needed, and additional details will be sent out to registrants in advance. 

About the Instructors:
Alex Webb has published more than fifteen books including Brooklyn, The City Within (Aperture, 2019, with Rebecca Norris Webb) and La Calle: Photographs from Mexico (Aperture, 2016), as well as a survey of his color work, The Suffering of Light (Aperture, 2011). Webb became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has been shown widely and he has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His photographs have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and GEO, among other publications.

Rebecca Norris Webb, originally a poet, often explores the complicated relationship between people and the natural world in her eight books, including Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (Radius Books, 2009, with Alex Webb), My Dakota (Radius Books, 2012), and her new book, Night Calls (Radius Books, January 2021). A 2019 NEA grant recipient, she has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among other museums. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerNew York Times MagazineNational Geographic, and Le Monde Magazine. The Webbs' current joint exhibition, Brooklyn: The City Within, is at the Museum of the City of New York through April 18, 2021.

Event Timeline:
Friday, March 19, 2021
5:00 - 6:30 pm ET:  Brooklyn & Beyond: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. Talk and Q & A.

Saturday, March 20, 2021
10:00 am - 4:30 pm ET: Workshop Day One

Sunday, March 21, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm ET: Workshop Day Two

This event accompanies our exhibition The City Within: Brooklyn Photographs by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb.


The City Within is made possible in part by Cherylyn and Chris Ahrens, Bill and Victoria Cherry, Susan Griffith and David Neill, William and Elizabeth Kahane, Marina and Andrew Lewin, Jennifer and Andrew Marrus, and Ann G. Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee.

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