Alex Webb (photographer)

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Alex Webb
Rebecca Webb, Alex Webb and David Alan Harvey.jpg
Alex Webb (center) with Rebecca Norris Webb and David Alan Harvey
Born May 5, 1952
San Francisco, California
Known for Photography

Alex Webb (born 5 May 1952) is a photographer associated with Magnum Photos.[1]

He has had a number of books published, his main works being Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds (1986), Under a Grudging Sun (1989) From The Sunshine State (1996), Amazon (1997) Crossings (2003), Istanbul (2007) and The Suffering of Light (2011). With Rebecca Norris Webb he has also published Violet Isle (2009) and Memory City (2014).

He has contributed to Geo, Time and The New York Times Magazine.


Born in San Francisco, Webb was raised in New England.[2] Webb first became interested in photography as a high school student and in 1972 attended the Apeiron Workshops in Millerton, New York, where he met Magnum photographers Bruce Davidson and Charles Harbutt. He went on to study history and literature at Harvard University (graduating in 1974), but also studied photography at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. By 1974 he was working as a photojournalist and in 1976 he became an associate member of Magnum Photos. During this time he documented small-town life in the American South. He also did some work in the Caribbean and Mexico, which led him, in 1978, to begin working in color, which he has continued to do.[3]

Webb's work has been exhibited around the world, including at the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the International Center of Photography, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work is in numerous collections.[4] He has received commissions from the High Museum of Art as well as the Banesto Foundation in Spain.

Webb has produced six monographs with bodies of work from The Tropics (Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, Africa, and Asia), Haiti, Florida, the Amazon region, the U.S.-Mexico Border, and Istanbul, and one retrospective monograph, The Suffering of Light.

Webb now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York[5] with his wife, Rebecca Norris Webb, who is also a photographer.


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