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Unique and powerful source of inspiration by two of the most recognised photographers and educators of our time,
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This review is from: Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image (The Photography Workshop Series) (Paperback)
"On Street Photography and the Poetic Image" is a unique and powerful source of inspiration and reflection for photographers in particular, but also for anyone in general who is interested in the creative process and delightful, soulful imagery. Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb offer guidance through their own images (as always, beautifully reproduced by Aperture) paired with insightful words: personal accounts, stories, practical advice, analogies and quotes. The authors have also included some photographs by some equally inspiring master photographers, such as Henri Cartier - Bresson, Andre Kertész, Josef Koudelka, Lee Friedlander amongst others.
The authors' often exquisitely layered, ambiguous images leave ample space for interpretation and pondering; each viewer can find or impute meaning subjectively by connecting the dots, making associations in their own particular way. At the same time the photographs of Rebecca and Alex intimately represent and express their personal journey, their inner and outer explorations and their view of the world. I perceive each page of this book as indirect encouragement and invitation for the reader / viewer to experience the joy and meaning of a deeper exploration of their journey in the world through contemplation, and creative, intuitive visual expression.
On a more personal note, I have been trying to attend one of Alex and Rebecca's workshops for over two years now, but I work in education with no flexibility over my holidays and all workshops seem to be organised during term times. I was overjoyed, then, when I discovered this book and I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wishes to be inspired and guided by two of the most recognised photographers and educators of our time.