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SEPTEMBER 19, 2014



Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb Bring Signature
Collaborative Style to Boston with Two Exhibitions


ALEX WEBB, Downtown, Rochester, New York (from the series Memory City), 2012



BOSTON, MA - Photographers ALEX WEBB and REBECCA NORRIS WEBB bring their signature "two looks" to Boston this fall with two distinct exhibitions of work. The husband and wife team's most recent collaboration, Memory City - a yearlong photographic study of Rochester, New York, Eastman Kodak Company's hometown - will be shown at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY (38 Newbury St) from Saturday, September 27, through Friday, October 31. The show opens with a reception, artists' talk, and book signing on September 27 from 2 to 5 PM. Refer to the event page on Facebook for updates.

Slant Rhymes, a selection of Webb and Norris Webb's images from past projects paired together for their visual similarities, will be on display at the gallery's satellite space, ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY @ ARS LIBRI (500 Harrison Ave), from Friday, October 3, through Friday, October 31. The show opens during October's SoWa First Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Friday, October 3.

Webb and Norris Webb took five trips to Rochester, New York, from April 2012 to April 2013 following Kodak's declaration of bankruptcy in January 2012. The resulting photographs, compiled in Memory City (Radius Books, 2014), have been heralded as "both melancholy and charming" (New Statesman) and a "recognition of embodied looking" (Fraction Magazine).

REBECCA NORRIS WEBB, South Wedge (Marianne's Dressing Room), Rochester, New York (from the series Memory City), 2012

In the booklet Notes on Film and Memory that accompanies Memory City, Norris Webb muses: "Is it the waiting I'll miss most of all? Film insists on this: time becomes a collaborator." Norris Webb used color film for all her pictures in the book. Webb, on the other hand, used Kodachrome, a positive color slide film he "used almost exclusively for more than 30 years" and which can now only be processed to make black and white negatives. For his color images interspersed throughout the series, Webb used a digital camera. The pair's thoughtful use of the medium - and the implications that each choice has and has had on the notion of photography itself - runs the course of the series and gives it an unmistakable sense of urgency.


This is Webb and Norris Webb's second exhibition together at Robert Klein Gallery; their first, Violet Isle, took place in 2011 in conjunction with their eponymous show at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Norris Webb's personal project, My Dakota, was shown at Robert Klein Gallery @ Ars Libri in 2012.



(left) REBECCA NORRIS WEBB, Havana, Cuba (from the series Violet Isle), 2008

(right) ALEX WEBB, Havana, Cuba, 1993



Originally a poet, REBECCA NORRIS WEBB has published three photography books that explore the complicated relationship between people and the natural world - The Glass Between Us, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb), and My Dakota, which interweaves her text and photographs from her home state of South Dakota. My Dakota was selected as one of best photography books of 2012 by PDN, Photo-Eye, and Time. Born in Rushville, Indiana, Norris Webb graduated from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1989.


ALEX WEBB, born in San Francisco and a Harvard University alumnus, is a street photographer whose unique vision spans four decades. Webb joined the international photographers' cooperative Magnum Photos as an associate member in 1976. Webb has earned a name for himself by publishing work in several international publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and Life Magazine. His work is in the collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


Recent press coverage for the book Memory City includes:


Photo-eye, "Book Review: Memory City," September 15, 2014

Fraction Magazine, "Memory City," September 1, 2014

Artnet News, "Summer's Best Art Books," August 12, 2014

The New Yorker Photo Booth, "Slant Rhymes: Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on

Memory City," August 11, 2014

Citylab, "Faces of a Shrinking Company Town," June 25, 2014

The Guardian, "Last days of Kodak town: the decline and fall of the city photography built," 

June 25, 2014

Time Lightbox, "Memory City: A Eulogy for Rochester, Kodak's Company Town," June 24, 


The New York Times Lens Blog, "In Kodak's Hometown, Memory and History," June 24, 



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ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY was established in 1980 and ranks among the world's most prestigious showrooms of fine art photography.


Robert Klein opened his Newbury Street space with early exhibitions of Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz, Sally Mann, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. From 1995 through 2008, Robert served as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Photography Dealers (AIPAD). During his tenure, Robert engineered the 2006 expansion of The AIPAD Photography Show New York to the Park Avenue Armory. The AIPAD Photography Show's move firmly established it as one of the leading photographic fairs in the world. 


Robert Klein Gallery maintains an extensive and ever-changing inventory of 19th century, 20th century, and contemporary photographs. Participating in international art fairs such as Paris Photo, The Armory Show - Modern, and The AIPAD Photography Show New York, Robert Klein Gallery provides its contemporary artists with international exposure while exhibiting works by recognized masters such as Ansel Adams, Helen Levitt, and Irving Penn. With over 40 combined years of experience and a profound knowledge base, the gallery staff is committed to serving as a resource for both novice and seasoned collectors.



In June 2012, ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY began a long-term collaboration with ARS LIBRI, the rare and out-of-print bookdealer, to host satellite installations in the South End bookstore. Exhibits at Ars Libri supplement and complement Robert Klein Gallery shows with additional works and printed material.


In 2013, Robert Klein Gallery and Ars Libri partnered with AZITA BINA to introduce Western collectors to the work of contemporary Iranian artists -- in particular, contemporary Iranian photographers. Bina, a Boston-based chef and restaurateur, was born in Tehran, Iran, and lived there until the 1970s. Returning regularly to her homeland, Bina maintains close ties to the Persian art community and possesses an informed understanding of contemporary Iranian artists.


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Interview with the artists, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
Interview with Robert Klein
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