|Alex Webb became interested in photography during his high school years and attended the Apeiron Workshops in Millerton, New York, in 1972. He majored in history and literature at Harvard University, at the same time studying photography at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. In 1974 he began working as a professional photojournalist and he joined Magnum Photos as an associate member in 1976.
During the mid-1970s Webb photographed in the American south, documenting small-town life in black and white. He also began working in the Caribbean and Mexico. In 1978 he started to photograph in color, and has continued to do ever since. He has published several photography books, including Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics, Under A Grudging Sun, Crossings, the limited edition artist book Dislocations, Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names; Violet Isle (with Rebecca Norris Webb), a monograph, The Suffering of Light, Memory City, and On Street Photography and the Poetic Image (with Rebecca Norris Webb). His most recent publication, La Calle (Aperture, 2016) covers 30 years of photographing in Mexico, from 1978 to 2007.
Webb received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in 1986, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1990, a Hasselblad Foundation Grant in 1998 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. He is the recipient of numerous awards including, the Leopold Godowsky Color Photography Award in 1988, the Leica Medal of Excellence in 2000, the David Octavius Hill Award in 2002 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. Alex Webb’s photographs are in the permanent collections of several public institutions including, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Corcoran Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the International Center of Photography, the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film and other public and private collections.