About Chris Usher:
Based in Washington, D.C., Usher’s award-winning photojournalism work appears regularly in domestic and international monthly and weekly publications including Time, People, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Business Week, Der Spiegel and Sports Illustrated. His documentary exhibit —Behind the Velvet Rope—of behind-the-scenes moments at the White House opens at the Southeast Museum of Photography in the fall of 2008. His focus of the last two years has been “One of Us,” a personal project documenting people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Usher covered Katrina for Time magazine and was profoundly affected by the survivors and their personal accounts as told to him during repeat visits to New Orleans and throughout the United States. His arresting images are currently in development as a book and traveling exhibition. Usher’s lecture is sponsored by Leica in cooperation with Eastman Kodak.
About Alex Webb:
Leica photographer Alex Webb joined Magnum Photos as an associate member in 1976. He has published seven photography books, including Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics, Crossings, and Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names. Articles about Webb’s photographs have appeared in Art in America and Modern Photography. His work has been on exhibit in the United States and Europe. Webb’s lecture is sponsored by Leica.