“Alex Webb is known for the keen observations of his street photography, capturing views of people and scenes that are at turns surprising, humorous, and enigmatic…Rebecca Norris Webb often homes in on details of a larger scene, and turns her lens on seemingly unremarkable everyday scenarios, which she imbues with meaning and emotion.”
PDN 2015 Finalists
Congratulations to the finalists in this year’s PDN Photo Annual! A whopping three Radius Books won in the Photobook category:
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb won for their book, Memory City. In an elegiac look at Rochester, New York, Memory City is a mediation on film, memory, time and the city itself. Shot in both digital and analog formats, the photographs are joined by quotes from famous writers and thinkers who have been connected to Rochester.
Laura Letinksy won for her book, Ill Form & Void Full. In this serene monograph, Letinsky creates references to the table from existing photographs in home and lifestyle magazines, her old work, the art of friends and actual objects. Her process shows how ideas about the private sphere and their manifestation in our lives are predicated upon what has come before—that is, perception itself is a construct.
Michael Light won for his book Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain. In Light’s third aerial survey published by Radius Books, the photographer focuses on Nevada, formerly the fastest-growing state in America until the 2008 recession. Light hovers intimately over the topography of two residential areas, both never fully realized and in disrepair: Lake Las Vegas, a lifestyle resort built around a former sewage swamp, and the nearby Black Mountain community, where a quarter-billion dollars was spent on moving earth that has lain dormant for the past six years.
About the PDN Photography Annual
The Photo District News compiles a record of the year’s most compelling images. This renowned competition features a wide variety of photographic genres, ranging from from highly visible ad campaigns and editorials, to photojournalism stories, to personal series from established and student photographers. In the PDN Photo Annual, contestants from across the globe come together in a celebration of bold and singular artistry.
Join us, November 13 – 16, for Paris Photo 2014. We will host the following signings at Radius Books’ stand EE26:
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s Memory City continues to get astounding press. Recently they were interviewed by Teju Cole for The New Yorker where he said of the book, “For sure, there’s an exhilaration in being able to sequence image and text and have it published. There’s a greater exhilaration in seeing it done well. Nox is a great example, and I think Memory City is another one, too.”
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s new book, Memory City was chosen as one of “11 Edgy New Photobooks That Will Make You Look (and Think) Twice” by ARTnews.
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb have received an incredible amount of attention with our new book, Memory City. This elegiac look at Rochester, New York (home of Eastman Kodak for 125 years before the company’s bankruptcy in 2012) is a meditation on film, memory, time, and the city itself. Webb’s black and white images taken with his last rolls of Kodachrome are punctuated with photographs shot in his signature medium of digital color. Norris Webb, who still uses film for all her work, responded to the medium’s uncertain future by creating a poetic refrain of color still lifes and portraits of Rochester women past and present.
The artists have been featured in The Guardian, TIME Lightbox, The New York Times LENS, The Atlantic’s CityLab, Democrat & Chronicle, International New York Times, and 20Minutos (in Spanish). The Webbs recently sat down with BBC World Service “Newshour” to discuss their project and Kodak’s lasting effect upon Rochester, New York (available for download here).
Friday, September 23rd from 5:30-7:00pm, Radius Books publisher David Chickey will join photographers Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb in a lecture and discussion at the Radius Books offices. The photographers will talk about their work and the bookmaking process. This event is free and open to the public.
Radius Books is located downtown at 227 East Palace Avenue, Suite W, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501. Parking will be available off of Cienega Street and Palace Avenue. For more information call Radius Books at (505) 983-4068.
Radius Books will team up with Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb for a weekend photography and bookmaking workshop in September. The workshop will address every participant’s portfolio and offer personalized assignments and feedback. The workshop takes place at Radius Books from Friday evening, September 23rd to Sunday afternoon, September 25th. If you are interested in applying, review the details and requirements here. The workshop is limited to twenty participants.