Alex Webb Erie, Pennsylvania. USA. 2010. © Alex Webb | Magnum Photos

Organised in partnership with UMAG, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb will present their individual and joint projects, including a selection from Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba and their upcoming book, Brooklyn: The City Within.

Director of UMAG, Dr Florian Knothe, will speak to Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb about Willy Ronis’ image composition and the impact of his work in relation to the exhibition currently on show.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. No books will be on sale on site but available for purchase all June at Kapok if people want to come and have it signed by Alex and Rebecca after the talk.

The talk is free but registration is required. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Register here.

Organised in partnership with University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong.

Where & When

Venue: Fang Zhaoling Gallery, 1/F T.T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam
Saturday 8 June, 16.30 – 18.30


The talk will be held in English


Alex Webb

Alex Webb is best known for his complex and vibrant color photographs of serendipitous or enigmatic moments, often in places with socio-political tensions. Over the past 45 years, Webb has worked in places as varied as the U.S.-Mexico border, Haiti, Istanbul, and, most recently, a number of U.S. cities. “My work is questioning and exploratory,” he says. “I believe in photographs that convey a certain level of ambiguity, that ask questions rather than provide answers.” He became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979.

Rebecca Norris Webb

Originally a poet, she often interweaves her photographs and spare text in her six books, including My Dakota, with a solo exhibition of the work at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Slant Rhymes (with Alex Webb). A 2019 NEA grant recipient, her work has appeared in the New Yorker and New York Times Magazine. Her seventh book, Brooklyn: The City Within (with Alex Webb) will be published by Aperture in September 2019.

Rebecca Norris Webb Inside a pigeon coop in Old Havana. Havana. Cuba. 2007.

(© Rebecca Norris Webb, from the book Violet Isle with Alex Webb/distributed by Magnum Photos) © Rebecca Norris Webb / Distributed by Magnum Photos | Magnum Photos