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VIOLET ISLE: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (Radius Books, November 2009)
Photographs by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb; Essay by Pico Iyer
This multi-layered portrait of "the violet isle"-a little-known name for Cuba inspired by the rich color of its soil-presents an engaging, and at times unsettling document of a vibrant and vulnerable land. It combines two separate photographic visions: Alex Webb's exploration of street life, with his attuned and complex attention to detail, and Rebecca Norris Webb's fascination with the unique, quixotic collections of animals she discovered there, from tiny zoos and pigeon societies to hand-painted natural history displays and quirky personal menageries. The result is an insightful and intriguing blend of two different aesthetics inspired by Cuba's existence over the last fifty years in an economic, political, cultural and ecological bubble virtually untouched by the rest of the world, and unlikely to remain that way for much longer.
This softbound book with printed slipcase has 144 pages with 70 color illustrations. There's a trade version of the book as well as a limited edition, which comes with two 11 x14 Type C prints -- one by Alex and the other by Rebecca.