Slant Rhymes, published by la Fábrica, is a unique book in which the Magnum photographer Alex Webb ans his wife, the poet and photographer, Rebecca Norris Webb, compone a exquisite photographic love poem, that covers more than 30 years of work, communication, friendship and later marriage between them.
This project gathers images taken in15 different countries which gain their full meaning thanks to the photographic dialogue forged between them.
This is the spirit underlying these Slant Rhymes, in which the 82 images composing the book appear facing each other on each page, establishing not only a visual dialogue but also a textual one, since the book also contains fragments of texts by both creators which help to contextualise the images and reveal the shared history of both artists.
Rebecca Norris refers to these compositions as “slant rhymes” or “half-rhymes”, like the pairs of words in English whose sounds are similar but not identical, such as “eyes” and “light” or “blue” and “moon”.
“Sometimes our slant rhymes share a similar palette or tone or geometry,” writes Alex Webb. “Other times, the paired photographs have a similar note – often an inclination towards surrealistic or surprising or enigmatic moments – but in two different keys.”