MAY 19-20, 2018, BOWEN ISLAND


FotoFilmic Master Workshops program
 is designed to facilitate access to the celebrated practice of some of today’s most influential photographic artists. Conveniently scheduled during weekends and in the midsts of Bowen Island’s amazing natural scenery (Vancouver, BC, Canada), FotoFilmic’s Weekend Master Workshops are sure to inspire and boost the creative vision of all burgeoning photographers! 

Central to our workshops concept is also to re-experience a kind of natural artistic conviviality or camaraderie lost to globalization and instant communication: our small Pacific island setting slows down time and invites both the conversational and the personal to take part unscheduled making for meaningful networking.


We’re incredibly excited to announce Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb for one of our Master Workshop weekends this Spring!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn directly from some of the most iconic figures of photography today! Read on below for a detailed workshop description and quickly reserve 1 of the only 18 open seats!

2-day Weekend Master Workshop

Finding Your Vision

Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb

Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bowen Island // Vancouver, BC, Canada

Open to all film/analogue & digital photographers 18+; 18 Seats Cap

© “Havana, Cuba, 2008”, from Slant Rhymes by Rebecca Norris Webb 

© Alex Webb, “Havana, Cuba, 1993” from “Slant Rhymes”


Do you know where you’re going next with your photography––or where it’s taking you? This intensive weekend workshop will help photographers begin to understand their own distinct way of seeing the world, and introduce participants to the art of editing and sequencing their photographs intuitively. It will also help photographers figure out their next step photographically––from deepening their own unique vision to the process of discovering and making a long-term project that they’re passionate about. A workshop for both serious amateurs and professionals, for both university photography students and seasoned fine art and documentary photographers, it will taught by Alex and Rebecca, a creative team who often edit projects, exhibitions, and books together––including their recently reissued, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba, which was exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and their most recent book, Slant Rhymes. This workshop will include a group editing exercise, as well as an individual editing assignment, tailored to each participant.

NOTE: This is a workshop for photographers who collaborate with the world, not for those who dramatically alter their photographs digitally.

For the first day of the workshop, participants need to bring 50 small work prints from one or two projects, work you feel best represents who you are as a photographer.  For a passionate amateur this may include work from a single trip (such as a road trip or train trip, or perhaps a trip to another country) or from an event (such as a festival or wedding or other gathering). For more advanced fine art or documentary photographers, this may be work from a long-term personal project you hope will one day be a book.

All prints should be small, roughly 4×6 inches or 5×7 inches. They can be inexpensive machine prints, such as those made at a drugstore, or small inkjet prints. We don’t care about the quality of the print; we just need to be able to see the image.

Schedule (Subject to change)

Saturday May 19
10-10:15: Welcome, workshop overview
10:15-12:30: Group portfolio review; individual assignments given
12:30-1:30: Lunch
1:30-2:00: Editing presentation
2-3:15: Editing exercise
3:15-4:00: Q&A; participants working on indiv. assignments.
7-8:30pm: “Together and Apart: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb,” joint talk followed by a Q&A and book signing. This event is required of all the workshop participants, but it’s open to the public, too so please feel free to invite friends and family.

Sunday May 20
10-10:30: Participants finishing individual assignments.
10:30-12:30: Go over the individual editing assignment.
12:30-1:30: Lunch
1:30-3:30: Presentations
3:30-4pm: Break (Grab coffee with the Webbs if you wish, for a casual Q&A).
4-5pm: Final presentation/Q&A with Webbs
5-6pm: Farewell drink with the Webbs. Closing reception of solo exhibition by Ryota Kajita, juried by the Webbs.




Alex Webb has published 16 photography books, including The Suffering of Light, a survey book of 30 years of his color photographs. He’s exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y., the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A Magnum Photos member since 1979, his work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and other publications. He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His most recent books are La Calle: Photographs from Mexico and the collaborative book Slant Rhymes with Rebecca Norris Webb. Alex is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

Originally a poet, Rebecca Norris Webb often interweaves her text and photographs in her six books, most notably with her monograph, My Dakota—an elegy for her brother who died unexpectedly—with a solo exhibition of the work at The Cleveland Museum of Art in 2015. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, and George Eastman Museum, Rochester, N.Y. A new edition of Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb) will be published in early 2018. Rebecca is represented by Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York. The Webbs joint instagram:

© Alex Webb, “Archie, Haiti, 1987” from “Slant Rhymes”.

© Rebecca Norris Webb, “Stained Glass, Missouri River, 2006”, from “Slant Rhymes”.



$845 USD (Regular)
(Past FotoFilmic entrants and students)


$400USD deposit signs you in; pay the remaining balance by March 15, 2018


Registrants are responsible for their own accommodations and meals, however FotoFilmic is there to help coordinate all booking on the island and provides a detailed information package for nearby recommended lodges and Airbnbs. FotoFilmic also offers authentic French collations every morning including complimentary coffee + croissants & pains-au-chocolat locally made at Artisan Eats!


Saturday May 19: Lecture, Q&A, Book signing with Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb, 7-8:30pm
Sunday May 20: Closing reception of SOLO IV exhibition by Ryota Kajita, juried by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, 5-7:30pm


Withdrawal/cancelation notices must be submitted by April 15, 2018 deadline at the latest to receive a refund. Please note we will retain a  $250USD cancelation fee. Any cancelation request received past April 15 cannot be refunded. In the event the workshop was not meeting minimal enrolment to run and needed to be canceled your deposit will be refunded in full (no cancelation fee retained). Please note FotoFilmic will not be responsible for refunding traveling expenses in case the workshop gets cancelled. Purchasing travel insurance is therefore recommended.


For any inquiries, please contact FotoFilmic Co-Director Bastien Desfriches Doria at


Bowen Island has long been known since the early 1900’s as Vancouver’s gate-away to nature taking Vancouverites far from the city yet being so close and easily accessible. Still a popular one-day destination today, Bowen Island sits less than 2 miles to the mainland coast at its closest point making for a short 20mn taxi boat ride from downtown Vancouver, and an even shorter 15mn ferryboat crossing from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. The island itself is about 3.5 miles wide by 7.5 miles long and is being called home by up to 3,400 residents at the peak of the summer. Famously, there are no camping grounds, hotels or developed resorts on the island, a testimony to the strong independent mind of its widely artistic/creative community that forces most visitors to vacate of the end of the day. This has helped preserve a sense of authenticity and simplicity living on the island, enjoying its natural beaches and small village life less than an hour away from Vancouver’s bustling urban culture. “The Cove” where BC ferryboats dock almost every hour of the day serves as its main shopping and dining district featuring a marina with half a dozen fine restaurants, a few coffee places, a local pub and general store, several boutique stores, and about half a mile further up an “Artisan Square” with art and craft galleries, a gym and more.

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