ALEX WEBB (American, b. 1952)
Alex Webb was born in San Francisco in 1952 and studied at Harvard University. A street photographer whose unique vision spans four decades, Webb does not stage his photos; instead, he pursues the gaps that emerge when immigrants, transients, and children inhabit the same space. For that reason, much of Webb's work can be linked to isolation, whether it is Webb's isolation as an outside observer or the isolation of his subjects from their surroundings.
Early in his career, Webb focused on the Mississippi Delta, using black-and-white film to portray a perpetually conflicted American region. Though he switched to color in the late 1970s, Webb's focus has always gone deeper than the hues, vibrancy, and heat of the climates he photographs. Completing work in Florida, Cuba, Mexico and the U.S-Mexico Border, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, India, Grenada, Istanbul, and Brazil, Webb has earned a name for himself by publishing work in several international publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Life Magazine, and Geo Magazine.
Webb's work has been exhibited at the International Center for Photography, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is the recipient of the Leica Medal of Excellence (2000), and the Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas (2009). Webb has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1976 and currently lives in New York City.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
International Center of Photography, New York City, NY
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA