Alex Webb American, b. 1952

Self Portrait, Alex Webb


Alex Webb makes distinctive, multi-layered images based on the direct observation of ordinary life that transcend established categories such as street photography, photojournalism and fine art photography. Widely acknowledged for his pioneering use of color beginning in the 1970s, Webb’s work was a bold departure from the established canon of black and white photography. In 1976, he was the youngest photographer to join the renowned photo agency, Magnum. Since then the award winning photographer has travelled all over the world to make photographs including to Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, and Turkey. Recently, Webb’s 30-year career was the subject of a major travelling exhibition, Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light (2011). 


Alex Webb’s photographs are in the permanent collection of several museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Getty Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, and numerous other private and public collections.