Hot Light / Half-Made Worlds

These photographs by Magnum photojournalist Alex Webb were taken in various countries of the Third WorldGrenada, Mexico, Zaire, the Dominican Republic, Egyptbut all seem to be of one and the same place. Full of marvelous color, both muted and brilliant, bright and pastel, they are anything but romantic. Alex Webb's use of color and his compositional style, with its sharp lines and divisive planes, combine to create tension within the frame. Webb presents a view of the Third World as a fragmented place where people are disconnected, cut off from each other. Alex Webb's harsh, painful pictures capture both the natural beauty and the human desperation that coexist in much of the world.