Slant Rhymes is a conversation between two world renowned photographers, Magnum photographer Alex Webb and poet and photographer Rebecca NorrisWebb, a married creative couple who have authored 18 books. Selected from photographs taken during the Webbs’ nearly 30-year friendship and later marriage and creative partnership, this group of 82 photographs are paired—one of Alex’s, one of Rebecca’s—to create a series of visual rhymes that talk to one another—often at a “slant” and in intriguing and revealing ways. “Sometimes we find our photographic slant rhymes share a similar palette or tone or geometry,” writes Alex Webb in the introduction to the book. “Other times, our paired photographs strike a similar note—often a penchant for surreal or surprising or enigmatic moments—although often in two different keys.”
Made in some 15 countries, these photographs—most of which have never before been published—are interwoven with short text pieces written by the Webbs while they were working together and apart. Taken together, the work forms a
kind unfinished love poem, told at a slant.
Alex Webb, geboren 1952 in San Francisco, studiertezunächst Literatur und Geschichte in Harvard, ehe er sichseit 1972 der Fotografie zuwandte. Seine Reportagenveröffentlichte er vor allem in Life und im New York TimesMagazine, 1979 wurde er zum Vollmitglied der legendärenPariser Fotoagentur Magnum. Seither schuf er, insbesondereauf zahlreichen Reisen in den Tropen, eine Reihevon Bilderzyklen, die zu den Hauptwerken der jüngerenFotografie zählen.