Rebecca Norris Webb: The New Yorker

Rebecca Norris Webb:
The New Yorker

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Slant Rhymes: Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on “Memory City”

by Teju Cole

August 11, 2014 – Rebecca Norris Webb’s photography, which has been praised for its subtlety and surprising emotional force, confirms her place in the lineage of such quiet virtuosi of the camera as André Kertész and Josef Sudek. Alex Webb, Rebecca’s husband, is a member of Magnum and one of the most celebrated contemporary photojournalists, notable for his color reportage from Latin America in the past three decades. In addition to working on individual projects, Alex and Rebecca also co-author photography books. I’m a long-time admirer of them both, and first met them as a student in one of their workshops. I caught up with Alex and Rebecca on the release of two new, jointly authored books. The first, published by Radius, is “Memory City,” a meditation on Kodachrome, the now discontinued color film that many photographers preferred, and the city of Rochester, where Kodak was based until it went bankrupt, in 2012. The second, from Aperture, is “On Street Photography and the Poetic Image,” a primer on street photography. (I wrote an introduction for the latter book.)

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