Colin Westerbeck writes frequently on photography for Art in America. After moving to Los Angeles in 2003, he wrote a weekly column on photography for the Los Angeles Times and taught the history of photography at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. In the fall 2014, Prestel published Westerbeck’s monograph Chuck Close: Photographer, and on May 7 this year his exhibition of Close’s photography opened at Long Island’s Parrish Museum.
From 2008 through 2011, Westerbeck was the Director of the California Museum of Photography at the University of California, Riverside. Before moving to Los Angeles, he was a Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1986 through 2003. Among the exhibitions he curated there was Irving Penn, A Career in Photography (1997), which celebrated the donation that Westerbeck had brought to the museum of Penn’s archives and photography. In 1994, he and photographer Joel Meyerowitz published Bystander, A History of Street Photography, which came out in paperback in 2001 and will have a new edition in 2016.