“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.”
– Art historian and writer Karen Kedmey reviews the Webb’s Memory City project for ARTSY. On view on view at Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, Sep. 10–Nov. 14, 2015.
Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb: Memory City was chosen as Fraction Magazine‘s “Book of the Day” and recently reviewed in Aesthetica, a prominent arts and culture magazine in the UK, and in the popular photography magazines Hungry Eye, New Statesman, and Amateur Photographer.
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb talked with BBC Scotland about Memory City and the plight surrounding Rochester, NY in the wake of Kodak’s bankruptcy.
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 book Memory City, an elegiac look at Rochester, NY, was featured in the April issue of American Photo Magazine.
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).