MASTER CLASS – ART OF EDITING WITH
ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB
Do you know how to listen to your photographs—including how they talk to one another—in order to select and sequence your work?
Over this intensive weekend workshop, Alex and Rebecca will tailor two individual editing assignments for each participant. They will begin by looking at a series of unedited photographs from each workshop participant, which could be from a trip you’ve taken or an event (such as a wedding, parade, or festival), or for more advanced photographers, perhaps from an assignment or commission, or from a long-term project, the latter that you hope will be a book one day.
Besides editing each day, there will also be a series of presentations and a group editing exercise. We will also touch on a variety of topics, including:
– the process of selecting and sequencing your photographs intuitively
– the practical realities of the magazine and art worlds
– the difference between images in a book and images on the wall
– the relationship between text and images in a series
– how to select a title for your series or project
– how to sequence a portfolio or website for a variety of audiences (for instance, for a magazine editor or a museum curator or a book publisher)
– an introduction to being on press with a book
– how to work with a designer on a book
– how long-term projects can evolve into books and exhibitions
There will also be a chance for each participant to have an individual meeting with Alex and Rebecca.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The workshop is open to photography students, to serious amateurs, as well as to more advanced photographers, who may be working on a long-term project or book.
This intimate workshop is limited to 14 photographers. Your workshop teachers are Magnum photographer Alex Webb and poet and photographer Rebecca Norris Webb, a creative couple who often edit and sequence their work together for magazines, exhibitions, as well as for the 18 books they’ve published together and apart, including their collaborative books, Slant Rhymes (La Fabrica, 2017) and Violet Isle: Photographs from Cuba (2nd ed., May 2018), and their monographs La Calle (Alex) and My Dakota (Rebecca).
Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10: the workshop will meet everyday at Fotografiska Akademin, Fotografiska from 10am to 6pm. The workshop includes lunch each day.
There will also be a public slide talk on Friday that all participants are required to attend, since Alex and Rebecca will present material they won’t be covering in the classroom. This event will run from 5-6:30pm in a lecture hall at Fotografiska, followed by a book signing at the Fotografiska book store.
Friday, June 8
Please bring 30-100 work prints from one or two events or projects (see note below). For those who’ll be editing a long-term project that they hope will one day be a book, please email (by Sunday, June 3, 2018) a short statement about the project, no longer than 250 words, in a Word document if possible to Alex and Rebecca: firstname.lastname@example.org
10-10:15: Welcome, workshop overview
10:15-12:30: Review of the 14 Projects; tailored assignment given for each photographer
1:30-2:00: Editing presentation
2-3:15: Editing exercise
3:15-3:45: Break (Grab coffee with Alex and Rebecca if you wish, for an casual Q&A).
3:45-5:00: Photographers working on assignments at Fotografiska
5-6:30: “Slant Rhymes: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb” slide talk, Q&A, and book signing, an event required for workshop students. This event is also open to the public, so please feel free to invite friends or family.
NOTE ABOUT PRINTS FOR FIRST DAY:
For the first day of the workshop, participants need to bring 30-100 small work prints from one or two projects, which may include work from a trip or an event, or perhaps work from a personal project you hope will one day be a book (prints should be roughly 4×6 inches or 5×7 inches; inexpensive machine prints, such as made at a drugstore, is fine. Small inkjet prints are fine, too.
We don’t care about the quality of the print; we just need to be able to see the image. You can also bring up to 100 additional images as digital files on a portable hard drive or laptop, and, if you decide to do this, please bring your laptop the first day, as well as your little prints.
We highly recommend that each participant bring two sets of the 30-100 little prints, so that they can continue working on their editing assignments at home or at their hotel in the evenings.
NOTE ON LAPTOPS: Depending on the editing assignment, participants may be asked to bring their laptops—and perhaps a portable hard drive—on Saturday and Sunday of the workshop.
Saturday, June 9
10-12:00: Review of the 14 Assignments; editing assignment #2 (Pairs and Beginnings)
12-12:30: Presentation by Alex and Rebecca
1:00-3:30: Individual conference with Alex and Rebecca; other photographers working on individual editing assignments.
3:30-4:00: Break (Grab coffee with the Webbs if you wish, for a casual Q&A.)
4:00-6:00: Individual conferences; photographers working on indiv. assignments
Sunday, June 10
10-11:00: Presentation by Alex and Rebecca
11-12:30: Final editing session, Part I
12:30-1:30: Group Lunch
1:30-2:30: Final editing session, Part 2
2:30-3:30: Presentation by Alex and Rebecca
3:30-4pm: Break (Grab coffee with the Webbs if you wish, for a casual Q&A).
4-5pm: Final presentation/Q&A with Webbs
5-6pm: Farewell drink with Alex and Rebecca
The schedule is subject to change at any time
ABOUT ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB
Alex Webb has published 16 photography books, including The Suffering of Light, a survey book of 30 years of his color photographs. He’s exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y., the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A Magnum Photos member since 1979, his work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and other publications. He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His most recent books are La Calle: Photographs from Mexico and the collaborations, Memory City and Slant Rhymes, both with Rebecca Norris Webb.
Originally a poet, Rebecca Norris Webb often interweaves her text and photographs in her six books, most notably with her monograph, My Dakota—an elegy for her brother who died unexpectedly—with a solo exhibition of the work at The Cleveland Museum of Art in 2015. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, and George Eastman Museum, Rochester, N.Y. A new edition of Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb) will be published in early 2018.
Their instagram is here: https://www.instagram.com/webb_norriswebb/
Friday June 8: 5-6:30pm: “Slant Rhymes: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” a public slide talk at Fotografiska, followed by a Q&A led by a Göran Segeholm, and a book signing at the Fotografiska bookstore.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This workshop will be on a first come/first serve basis, and is open to anyone 18 or older, including university photography students, passionate amateur photographers, and seasoned professional photojournalists or fine art photographers, anyone who would like to learn how to select and sequence their photographs for a variety of reasons, including for a website, for a portfolio to present to a magazine or to a museum, for an exhibition layout, or for a book dummy to present to a potential publisher.
Once accepted, each applicant is invited to bring 1 or 2 series of photographs as small prints (30-100 each), including a group of photographs from a recent trip or an event (such as a wedding, festival, or parade) or, for more advanced photographers, photographs from an assignment or from a commission, or from a personal project (or two) that you hope one day may be a book.
Please note that Kursförsäkring does not apply to this workshop.