Alex Webb (photographer)

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Alex Webb
Alex Webb Portrait.jpg
Born May 5, 1952
San Francisco, California
Known for Photography

Alex Webb (born 5 May 1952) is a photographer known for his vibrant and complex color photographs. He has been a member of Magnum Photos[1] since 1979.[2][3]

He's authored 16 books, including Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds (1986), Under a Grudging Sun (1989) From The Sunshine State (1996), Amazon (1997) Crossings (2003), Istanbul (2007), The Suffering of Light (2011), La Calle (2016), as well as four books with photographer Rebecca Norris Webb, his wife and creative partner--Violet Isle (2009), Memory City (2014), Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image (2014), and Slant Rhymes (2017).

He has exhibited at museums worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of Art, NYC, the Metropolitan Museum, NYC, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. He has contributed to Geo, Time, National Geographic, and The New York Times Magazine among others.


Born in San Francisco, Webb was raised in New England.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] He has received commissions from the High Museum of Art as well as the Banesto Foundation in Spain.

Webb now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York[7] with his wife, Rebecca Norris Webb, who is also a photographer, and they have collaborated on a number of books[8][9][10]


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Publications paired with Rebecca Norris Webb[edit]

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  1. ^ "Look 3 Report: Alex Webb on His Creative Process, Kodachrome, and Magnum - PDNPulse". 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Estrin, James. "Alex Webb: Rendering a Complex World, in Color and Black-and-White". Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  3. ^ Dyer, Geoff (13 May 2011). "Alex Webb: More is more". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  4. ^ GRYGIEL, MAREK (30 July 2005). "Interview with Alex Webb". Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  5. ^ a b "Web Norris Home". Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  6. ^ "Magnum Photos Home". Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  7. ^ "National Geographic biography". Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  8. ^ Times, Los Angeles (13 June 2013). "reFramed: In conversation with Alex Webb". Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  9. ^ LensCulture, Alex Webb. "Slant Rhymes - Photographs by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb - Review by Lev Feigin - LensCulture". Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  10. ^ Cole, Teju (11 August 2014). "Slant Rhymes: Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on "Memory City"". The New Yorker. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Past Winners". Photographic Resource Center (PRC) at Boston University. Accessed 8 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Alex Webb"". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Accessed 8 March 2018.

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