Rebecca Norris Webb
American, born 1956
Rebecca Norris Webb was born in the rural farming community of Rushville, Indiana. Originally a poet, Webb studied English at the University of South Dakota, later becoming interested in photography after experiencing writer’s block after graduate school. Of this transition Webb explains, “After college, for some reason my poetry dried up. Looking back, I think the kind of lyric poetry I was writing then didn’t contain enough of the wider world—nor my curiosity about it. My response to writer’s block was to buy a small camera and travel for a year, hoping my photographs would spark my poetry when I returned. Instead, I fell in love with photography. I realized that the eye focusing on those images in my poetry was the same eye looking through the lens.”
Rebecca Norris Webb has published multiple monographs, some in collaboration with husband and creative partner photographer Alex Webb, including Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Brooklyn, The City Within (Aperture, 2019); Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (Radius, 2018); Slant Rhymes (La Fábrica, 2017); My Dakota (Radius, 2017), an elegy for her brother who died unexpectedly; Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Memory City (Radius, 2014); Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image (2014, Aperture); and The Glass Between Us (Channel Photographics, 2006).
Her work has been exhibited in numerous private and public collections around the world, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, George Eastman House (Rochester, NY), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art (Portland, Oregon), North Dakota Museum of Art (Grand Forks, ND), Provincetown Art Association and Museum (Provincetown, MA), Lehigh University (Lehigh, PA), JGS Collection (NYC); Griffin Museum of Art (Winchester, MA), and Dahl Art Center (Rapid City, SD).