Tribeca No.10 Gallery is hosting a solo show by photographer Jack Webb called Showing off in Private. In conjunction with the opening reception, Dashwood Books will be hosting a book signing for Jack’s latest book, Jack Webb Suspects His Parents.
‘Jack Webb wanted to photograph his parents having sex, but knew they’d never agree. So the photographs in this show are not of Jack’s parents. They are of couples who responded to a small ad, placed by Jack: ‘Professional photographer seeks genuine couples for art-based project around sex and sexuality’. He got lots of replies, but it took a while to find the right people. He didn’t want any one who obviously performed. He wanted something ‘quieter’. The problem was that the sorts of people who would respond to his ad were very likely to be show- offs. So Jack spent hours on the telephone, listening to people’s sexualfantasies, hearing about their habits, weeding out anyone who sounded like too much of a performer. As he says, ‘If it’s real it probably wouldn’t be photographed’. So he opted instead for the next best thing...’ Anoucha Grose.
First commissioned in 1999 for the second issue of Richardson Magazine, A2, it took Jack Webb nearly three years to find and shoot his subjects. Webb’s images live in a world almost as foreign to us now as the idea of entering a stranger’s bedroom. Shot on film, the images sit in a world of celluloid embedded with a specific level of trust, but also a sense of danger and the unknown between photographer and subject, a relationship that has changed so drastically with the immediacy of the digital image. In addition, Webb found his subjects before the height of the Internet changed the way we meet, interact and address people. By finding these couples through an ad in the newspaper Webb’s subjects are freed from the instant-fame culture the Internet has created. Instead, they exhibit a rare opportunity in today’s world to find true intimate moments in a stranger’s world. No.10 is pleased to exhibit this beautiful and unique body of work over a decade after its nascence.
JACK WEBB Showing Off In Private
October 20 - November 28, 2011
Opening Reception and Book Signing: Thursday October 20, 6-8pm
10 Leonard Strett
New York, NY 10013