“Alex Webb is classified alternately as a street photographer, photojournalist, and fine art photographer, but he claims “to me it all is photography. You have to go out and explore the world with a camera. Whatever category it falls into – it falls into.” Under any title, Webb has created bodies of work that extend beyond the visual documentation of events and places he photographs. His style is characterized by intense color and light, and he hopes his pictures raise more questions than they answer. As seen in Puerto Rico, 1990, color is vital to his pictures, and Webb is not only drawn to tropical places but chooses film that emphasizes their warm tones and saturated hues. The result is evocative images of tropical and exotic places mixed with a sense of enigma, irony, and humour.”
“I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner.”
Alex Webb joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and became a full Member in 1979.
I’ve been looking at Webb’s book Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds as I find the lighting and colour of the images stand out and are what I am aiming to do within my project also. I was flicking through my copy of The Photo Book and found his image in there from his book and decided to research a little more into this photographer and see what other images was in this book of his. I really enjoyed looking at all the bright colours and the way he captured the natural light perfectly within his images.
Here are some of the photograph I most enjoyed looking at due to the boldness and lighting in captured in them.