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//Finding Your Vision//Oslo

Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

June 15-19, 2018

There are two main components of this class//

the spontaneous act of photographing

and intuitive editing. 

The workshop will begin with Alex and Rebecca, a creative team who often edit projects together [including their joint books, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba and their recent books, Slant Rhymes and Memory City], who will critique each participant’s past work as a starting off point for a larger discussion about various photographic issues. By that first afternoon, participants will be working on their first assignment, which they will choose themselves. It may be a specific street, neighborhood, subculture, ethnic group, profession, family [your own or others], friends, or individual; it could be a recreational facility/venue, night life in the city, or a form of transportation [buses, taxis, etc.]; it may be continuing work on an ongoing project in Oslo, but it must be something that you're passionate enough to return to every day to photograph.

For the rest of the workshop, we will meet in the mornings and critique as a group each student’s ongoing work. The afternoons [and some evenings] will be spent shooting. Throughout the workshop, we will try to build a coherent set of images for each photographer that will begin to represent his or her photographic stance or attitude toward the city of Oslo. We will view this work as a group at the end of the workshop.

Besides photographing and editing each day, there will be events some evenings, as well as a private walk through of Alex and Rebecca's exhibition, Slant Rhymes. During class, there will also be book presentations and an editing exercise.  We will discuss a variety of topics, including the process of photographing spontaneously; how to photograph in cultures other than one's own; the relationship between images [such as the sequencing and juxtaposition of photographs]; how to edit photographs intuitively; an introduction on being on press with a book; how to work with a designer on a book; the practical realities of the magazine and art worlds; the emotional and psychological implications of working in color vs. black and white; the difference between images in a book and images on the wall; and how long-term projects can evolve into books and exhibitions. Participants will also have private one-one-one portfolio review sessions with Alex and Rebecca.

Open to both serious amateurs and professionals alike, this is a workshop that will emphasize the development of your own personal way of seeing photographically.

NOTE// This is a workshop for photographers who collaborate with the world, not for those who dramatically alter their photographs digitally.

To Apply//

We open the application process on November 28, 2017,

and close on January 22, 2018, or until the class is filled.

These workshops tend to fill quickly!

Please submit//A single PDF including :

Your name, address and email,

10 images representative of your photographic work,

A short statement about why you’d like to take the workshop [150 words in English],

A short bio about yourself and your relationship to photography [100 words] 

Please email to 

Fee// 16,000 NOK.

Half of the fee is due upon acceptance, and half must be paid by April 15. 

Participants are responsible for travel and accommodation costs. 

Cancellation Policy// 

A full refund is possible with a 500 NOK processing fee IF your space can be filled from the wait list before May 5th

After May 5th, you must pay half the tuition, regardless of whether your space can be filled. 

Info about the Lumina Scholarship Program HERE


//About Alex and Rebecca//

Alex Webb has published 16 books, including a survey book of 30 years of color work, The Suffering of Light.  He’s exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, 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.

Rebecca Norris Webb, originally a poet, 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, Le Monde, among other publications, and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, and George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY. 

Select Links//

Alex and Rebecca's Instagram

Alex Webb on New York Times Lens Blog

Slant Rhymes: Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on “Memory City,” interview with Teju Cole

Rebecca Norris Webb on New York Times Lens Blog

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