Born in San Francisco, California in 1952, Alex Webb became interested in photography during his high school years and attended the Aperion Workshop in 1972. He majored in in history and literature at Harvard University, studying photography at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts.
Alex Webb joined the international photographers cooperative Magnum Photos as an associate member in 1976.
Alex Webb (born 5 May 1952) is a photographer associated with Magnum Photos.
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.Original article
The viewer is yet another eye that is part of the compact that makes a photograph what it is.
I have always felt that a lot of the most interesting work, not just mine but other people’s, falls into [the] nether area, somewhere between the worlds of documentary and photojournalism (two very vague words) and the world of art. I think a lot of street photography falls into this nether area.
Traditional photojournalists arrive with an idea of what they are going to produce or what the editor wants. I approach a subject very much as a street photographer and a wanderer, without preconceptions. I try to leave it extremely intuitive and exploratory.
...the possibility of one particular photographer’s pictures lying around the corner is never realized until the photographer is there. It’s one of the enigmas of photography.
This photo essay, part of our collaboration with Magnum Photos, documents Alex Webb's exploration of Chicago and the Loop. Inspired in part by one ...