La Calle brings together more than thirty years of photography from the streets of Mexico by Alex Webb, spanning 1975 to 2007. Whether in black and white or color, Webb's richly layered and complex compositions touch on multiple genres. As Geoff Dyer writes, "Wherever he goes, Webb always ends up in a Bermuda-shaped triangle where the distinctions between photojournalism, documentary, and art blur and disappear." Webb's ability to distill gesture, light, and cultural tensions into single, beguiling frames results in evocative images that convey a sense of mystery, irony, and humor. Following an initial trip in the mid-1970s, Webb returned frequently to Mexico, working intensely on the U.S.-Mexico border and into southern Mexico throughout the 1980s and '90s, inspired by what poet Octavio Paz calls "Mexicanism--delight in decorations, carelessness and pomp, negligence, passion, and reserve." La Calle presents a commemoration of the Mexican street as a sociopolitical bellwether--albeit one that has undergone significant transformation since Webb's first trips to the country. Newly commissioned pieces from noted Mexican and Mexican American authors lend further insight into the roles the streets have played for generations: part arterial network, part historical palimpsest, and part absurdist theater of the everyday.
Slant Rhymes is a conversation between two world renowned photographers, Magnum photographer Alex Webb and poet and photographer Rebecca Norris Webb, a married creative couple who have authored 18 books.
Gathering some of Alex Webbs most iconic images, many of which were taken in the far corners of the earth, "The Suffering of Light" brings a fresh perspective to his extensive catalogue. Recognized as a pioneer of American colour photography, Webb has since the 1970s consistently created photographs characterized by intense colour and light. His work, with its richly layered and complex composition, touches on multiple genres, including street photography, photojournalism and fine art, but as Webb claims, to me it all is photography. You have to go out and explore the world with a camera. Webbs ability to distil gesture, colour and contrasting cultural tensions into single, beguiling frames results in evocative images that convey a sense of enigma, irony and humour. Featuring key works alongside previously unpublished photographs, This is Webbs first comprehensive monograph and provides the most thorough examination to date of this modern masters prolific, thirty-year career.
"Now this publication is available in English as Mexican Suite. Olivier Debroise and Stella de Sa Rego have revised this edition to include more current material and explanatory notes for an audience less familiar with Mexican history. They have also eliminated some of the general history of photography and added more of the early history of photography in Mexico, as well as many new, previously unpublished images. The book is organized both chronologically and thematically, which allows viewer/readers to follow the evolution of major photographic genres and styles. Debroise also examines the role of photography in the development of modern Mexico and the influence of prominent foreign photographers such as Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
In 1998 Alex Webb visited Istanbul and was immediately enthralled by the people, the layers of culture and history, the richness of street life. But what particularly drew him in was a sense of Istanbul as a border city, lying between Europe and Asia. As he writes, For thirty-some years as a photographer I have been intrigued by borders, places where cultures come together, sometimes easily, sometimes roughly. He has returned to Istanbul whenever possible, and the resulting body of worksome of Webbs strongest to dateconveys the frisson of a culture in transition, yet firmly rooted in a complex history.
"Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb take an elegiac look at Rochester, New York. For this project, Alex took images with his last rolls of Kodachrome, a formerly vibrant color film that can now only be processed as black-and-white. The resulting photos have a weathered quality akin to a fading memory. Alex also took to the streets of Rochester and shot in digital color--work that punctuates the black and white work with images from his signature style. Rebecca, who still uses film for all her work, responded to the medium's uncertain future by creating an elegiac refrain of color still lifes and portraits of Rochester women past and present. Woven into the book are quotes by many of the famous writers and thinkers who have been connected to Rochester, including women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony, abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and poets John Ashbery and Ilya Kaminsky. And the authors have also created a timeline on the cultural history of the city that traces the evolution of a once-vibrant and now complex city."--
Includes Will "Cooter" Branch from Coila, Mississippi, Isaac from Hollywood, S.C., other photos from South Carolina and some photos from Louisiana, Arkansas, and Virginia, but mainly people and scenes from Mississippi.
""The Violet Isle" is a little-known nickname for Cuba, inspired by its richly colored soil - one of the many qualities that make the country so seductive to photographers. This handsomely designed, slipcased edition offers an engaging, at times unsettling document of a country that, for the past 50 years, has remained in an economic, political, cultural and ecological bubble, isolated from the rest of the world (though it is unlikely to stay that way for much longer). The 70 images collected here are a collaboration between Magnum photographer Alex Webb, who captures Cuba's street life with his trademark attention to detail and color, and Rebecca Norris Webb, who focuses on the unique, quixotic collection of animals she found there. This volume is an insightful blend of two different photographic aesthetics. The famous travel writer Pico Iyer provides an accompanying essay." -- jacket.
The visionary and creative shots of day-to-day reality by a child of our time. Considered by many the most representative of Italian photographers, for almost fifty years Gianni Berengo Gardin has been a narrator attentive to everyday life in all its multiple aspects and in its evolution, having immortalized the story of Italy in over 1,250,000 pictures. For his work, he prefers black and white because "color distracts the photographer and the viewer." And the images are what counts. People, objects, close-ups, historical monuments. Images that are concrete, never abstract, but above all real images. It’s hard not to perceive the creative and visionary component of his snapshots, however much they are attentive to the day-to-day reality of humanity and its communities.
Known the world over for his iconic images of Che Guevara andBrasilia, Rene Burri is one of the world's greatest living photographers.Now, for the first time ever and featuring many never before publishedimages, Burri's remarkable and adventurous work is brought together in thiscareer retrospective of over 400 duotone photographs. Edited and compiledby distinguished writer Hans-Michael Koetzle in close collaboration withBurri, this unprecedented retrospective is a history book of the majorpolitical events and key personalities of the 20th century seen through theeyes of one photographer. Nothing like this book on Burri has ever beenpublished before, and it is a real coup for Phaidon to be the first topublish his entire career's work.A member of the prestigious Magnum photo agency, Burri is a photographerwhose curiosity and humanity as a photographer have afforded him almostunrestricted access to the major events and personalities of the last fiftyyears. In this way, Rene Burri Photographs is a fascinating personalaccount of the major artists, politicians and personalities that Burri hasmade a part of his life. First achieving international recognition with theseminal photography book on post-WWII Germany Die Deutschen (The Germans)in 1962, Rene Burri has since become one of the most important figures inthe history of photography, admired and respected by his peers for hissympathetic eye and his ability to capture larger-than-life personalitieson film.Rene Burri Photographs is the culmination of several years ofscholarly research by distinguished writer Hans Michael Koetzle intoBurri's important contribution to reportage photography. In 21 thematicallyorganized chapters, we accompany Burri across Europe to the Middle East,Vietnam, Brazil, Cuba and beyond: we visit Picasso, Le Corbusier, YvesKlein and Giacometti in their studios; we witness political figures such asChe Guevara in repose, and Fidel Castro at the helm. The book begins withan introduction that describes the history, politics and artisticinfluences that have colored Burri's work. Each of the 21 chapters isaccompanied by color-coded bands for easy reference (for example, Chapter 2on Picasso is accompanied by blue bands; Chapter 14 on Germany, greenbands). Each of the chapters begins with a 2-page essay which gives anoverview of the images in that particular section, the time period andpolitical climate, and the circumstances that drew Burri to photograph thesubject. In addition, each image in the book is accompanied by a captiondetailing the place, year and event. The book is designed by prominentSwiss graphic designer Werner Jeker of ADN Design, Lausanne.
In this series, Aperture Foundation works with the worlds top photographers to distill their creative approaches, teachings, and insights on photographyoffering the workshop experience in a book. Our goal is to inspire photographers of all levels who wish to improve their work, as well as readers interested in deepening their understanding of the art of photography. Each volume is introduced by a well-known student of the featured photographer. In this book, internationally acclaimed color photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, offer their expert insight into street photography and the poetic image. Through words and photographstheir own and othersthey invite the reader into the heart of their artistic processes. They share their thoughts about a wide range of practical and philosophical issues, from questions about seeing and being in the world with a camera, to how to shape a complete body of work in a way thats both structured and intuitive.
In an era when technology, biology & culture are becoming ever more closely connected, 'The Dada Cyborg' explains how the cyborg as we know it today developed between 1918 & 1933 as German artists gave visual form to their utopian hopes & fantasies in a fearful response to World War I.
For nearly 80 years, the Rock Island was a major railroad in Arkansas providing passenger and freight services. A decline in rail travel after World War II and an increase in trucks hauling freight over government-subsidized interstates were among factors that left the railroad struggling. Efforts to merge with other railroads were stalled for years by federal regulators. The Rock Island filed for bankruptcy in 1975 and attempted a reorganization, but creditors wanted the assets liquidated, with a judge shutting it down in 1980. Most of the tracks that traversed the state were taken up, but a few relics, like the Little Rock passenger station and the Arkansas River bridge, remain as monuments to this once great railroad.
From the Sunshine Stateis a captivating documentation of Florida through the lens of photographer Alex Webb. Rather than the stereotypical images of picture-postcard beaches and perfect Art Deco architecture, this eclectic collection of photographs reveals another side of "the sunshine state." Through his travels from Fort Pierce and Daytona Beach to Key Largo, from Suwanee and Apalachicola to Disney World, Webb's vivid and compelling images reflect an exploratory and questioning approach to his subjects, both people and places. Capturing the diverse cultures and subcultures of Florida, these photographs are at times political foray and sociological documentation, and are at times ironic, impressionistic records of the passage of human lives in society. His accompanying text describes his physical and emotional journey across Florida, giving the reader/viewer a special insight into his personal and unique vision. Alex Webb's photography books includeCrossings: Photographs from the U.S.-Mexico Border,Amazon: From the Floodplains to the Clouds, Under a Grudging Sun: Photographs from Haiti Libereacute;, Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics, and the limited editionDislocations. A member of Magnum Photos since 1979, he has received numerous awards and fellowships. Webb's work has been exhibited worldwide, and his images are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the International Center for Photography. His photographs have been published in theNew York Times Magazine, Life, Geo, National Geographic, Aperture,and many other magazines.
In 2005, Rebecca Norris Webb set out to photograph her home state of South Dakota, a sparsely populated frontier state on the Great Plains with more buffalo, pronghorn, mule deer and prairie dogs than people. South Dakota is a land of powwows and rodeos, corn palaces and buffalo roundups; a harsh and beautiful landscape dominated by space, silence, brutal wind and extreme weather. The next year, however, everything changed for Norris Webb, when her brother died unexpectedly of heart failure. "For months," she writes in the introduction to this volume, "one of the few things that eased my unsettled heart was the landscape of South Dakota. For each of us, does loss have its own geography?" My Dakota is a small intimate book about the west and its weathers, and an elegy for a lost brother.
() there has to be a photograph in the newspaper. Or an image which emerges from reading an article. The journalistic way of relating facts, which is to say incompletely, without affect or commentary, is the best stimulus for the imagination: it lets me see situations. Nothing which happens during these first moments can help me later on, except by setting something off, but thats still where everything begins." In this way Luc Delahayes pictures are often made at sites and events from which newspapers report everyday. They indicate an approach that is both direct and detached, where the unromantic clarity of the documentary style contradicts and enhances the dramatic intensity of the tableau form. Within their visual coherence, they express a nub of formal tensions and invite the beholder to reflect on the relationship between art, history and information through a distanced contemplation. Luc Delahaye was born in 1962. This book, his first with Steidl, is published at the occasion of the exhibition of his most recent works at the Nathalie Obadia Gallery in Paris.
Lucien Hervé (b. 1910), one of the great architectural photographers of the twentieth century, collaborated with Le Corbusier from 1949 until the renowned architect died in 1965. Hervé approached his subjects seeking not only to document the buildings he was commissioned to photograph but also, especially, to convey a sense of space, texture, and structure. Through light and shadow, Hervé defined the dialogue between substance and form. By delineating a strong contrast between light and shadow as well as placing emphasis on building details, the photographer was able to communicate the depth of a room, the surface of a wall, or the strength of a building's framework. For too long, Hervé the master of architectural photography has eclipsed Hervé the photographer whose career began as early as 1938 and whose subject matter varied widely. Featuring more than one hundred of his photographs in every genre, this book celebrates Hervé's work as an artist, creating images that serve not simply as records but stand as works of a singular imagination.
George Dureau, The Photographs is an album of the great photographic portraits made throughout the forty years of Dureau's artistic career--a New Orleans romance between the photographer and his subjects. All of Dureau's exquisite photographs, many of them nudes, were made in his studio in the French Quarter of New Orleans, or on the city's streets. He began photography for the pleasure of photographing his lovers, and as research material for his paintings. Only later on did he begin to take his photographs seriously as works of art in their own right. Many of his subjects became part of Dureau's "extended family," whom he photographed on different occasions over many years. Surprisingly, only one book of Dureau's photographs has been published: New Orleans, 1985, a modest paperback long out of print. This Aperture book is possible now because of the commitment of the community of Dureau's supporters to see it happen. George Dureau, The Photographs is edited by Chris Boot, with a text by Philip Gefter.
James Krippner,Alfonso Morales,Katherine Ware,Leo Hurwitz,David Alfaro Siqueiros,Anthony Montoya
Author: James Krippner,Alfonso Morales,Katherine Ware,Leo Hurwitz,David Alfaro Siqueiros,Anthony Montoya
"Paul Strand in Mexico" tells the story of the photographer's journeys through Mexico in the early 1930s. In search of a fresh start, Strand traveled to Mexico City in late 1932 at the invitation of Carlos Chavez, the eminent Mexican composer and conductor. The work he created during this key period reflects a time of intense productivity, creative renewal, and the evolution of Strand's foundational idea of the "collective portrait," in which he depicted a region through photographs of individuals, still lifes and studies of architecture and religious subjects. The first publication to chronicle this pivotal time in Strand's career (1932-34), "Paul Strand in Mexico "demonstrates how, through his photographic studies and work in film, Strand deepened his involvement with Mexican art, society, and revolutionary politics. Shedding new light on this little-known chapter of Strand's life, a scholarly analysis by James Krippner (Associate Professor of History at Haverford College, Pennsylvania) brings together primary research from distinguished archives and institutions in both Mexico and the United States, and Mexican photo-historian Alfonso Morales contributes an essay contextualizing this remarkable body of work within the canon of Mexican photography and film of the 1930s. Additionally, the appendix serves as the catalogue raisonne of Strand's entire photographic output in Mexico. The culmination of Strand's time in Mexico was his collaboration with Emilio Gomez Muriel and Academy Award-winning director Fred Zinnemann on the groundbreaking film, "Redes" ("The Wave") (1936). A remastered DVD version of the film is included with this essential volume. Paul Strand (1890-1976) is one of the great photographers of the twentieth century. As a youth, he studied under Lewis Hine at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, going on to draw acclaim from such illustrious sources as Alfred Stieglitz. After World War II, Strand traveled around the world--from New England to Ghana to France to the Outer Hebrides--to photograph, and in the process created a dynamic and significant body of work.