Alex Webb

American, b. 1952

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, as he has continued to do. He has published seven photography books, including Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics, Under A Grudging Sun, Crossings, the limited edition artist book Dislocations and Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names.

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 won the Leopold Godowsky Color Photography Award in 1988, the Leica Medal of Excellence in 2000 and the David Octavius Hill Award in 2002. His photographs have been the subject of articles in Art in America and Modern Photography. He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, in museums including the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the International Center of Photography, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


1974      Bachelor of Arts, History and Literature, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
1972      Apeiron Photography Workshops with Charles Harbutt, Millerton, New York, USA


2008      Lucca Photo Festival Award
2007      John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
2002      David Octavius Hill Medaille
2000      Leica Medal of Excellence
1998      Hasselblad Foundation
1990      National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1990      W. Eugene Smith Foundation Grant
1988      Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Photography Award
1986      New York State Council on the Arts Grant
1980      Overseas Press Club Award

Solo Exhibitions

2008      Villa Bottini. Lucca, Italy. Alex Webb Fotografie
2008      Vinzavod Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow. “Color: The Suffering of Light”
2008      Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Az. The View from Here
2007      MAC Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul
2007      Sepia International, New York, NY. Istanbul
2007      Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, Ca. Istanbul
2007      Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada. Istanbul
2006      Nordic Light, Kristiansund, Norway, Crossings
2006      Abertstwyth Arts Centre, Aberstwyth, Wales. Crossings
2006      Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Ireland. Crossings
2005      Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Fl. Crossings
2005      Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Az. Crosscurrents of Inquiry. Crossings.
2005      Yours Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2005      Open Society Institute, New York. Moving Walls. Esperando
2005      Internationale Fototage, Mannheim,  Germany. Crossings
2004      Sala de Exposiciones de Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain. Crossings
2004      Ricco/Maresca Gallery. New York, NY. Esperando
2004      Stephen D. Paine Gallery.  Massachusetts College of Art.  Boston, Ma. Crossings
2003      Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, Ca. Crossings: Photographs
             from the U.S.-Mexico Border
2003      University of California, Sacramento. Haiti
2002      Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, Ca.
2002      German Academy of Photography, Leinfelden, Germany.  The Light of the Street.
2000      Leica Gallery, NY. Panama
2000      Open Society, NYC, NY. Haiti
1999      Internationale Fototage Herten. Under a Grudging Sun and Beyond 
1999      Sky Harbor Gallery, Phoenix, Az.  Waterways of the Amazon and Beyond
1999      Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Az
1998      Leica Gallery, NY. Amazon 
1998      Cite du Livre, Aix en Provence, Fr.  Caraibes
1998      Zentrum fur Photografie, Berlin, Ger. 
1997      FotoMassan, Gothenburg, Sweden. US-Mexico Border 
1997      Neurologisches Therapiecentrum, Cologne, Germany. Haiti Libere
1997      Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, Ma. Dislocations
1996      High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga. Picturing the South: Artist Project
1996      Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Fla.  Here and There:
             Photographs from Florida and the Amazon
1996      Leica Gallery, NY. From the Sunshine State
1996      Photographic Festival, Aubenas, France.  Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds
1996      Leica Gallery, Solms, Ger.  Haiti
1995      Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, Germany.  Mexico
1995      Drew University Photography Gallery, Madison, N.J.  From Mexico
1992      L'Espace National, Bayonne, France
1992      Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy
1991      Focale Gallery, Nyons, Switzerland
1989      Sala de Exposiciones del Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain
1987      Torino Fotografia, Museo dell'Automobile, Torino, Italy
1986      Canon Photo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1983      Gallerie Magnum, Paris, France

Group Exhibitions

2008      Southbank Center, London, UK. Disposable People (Traveled in UK)
2008      Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Ma. Presumed Innocence
2007      Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, NY. Hidden in Plain Sight: Contemporary
             Photographs from the Collection
2007      Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey by Magnum
2006      Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Ma. Webbworks
2005      Viajeros, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.
2004      Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York. Wate
2004      Benaki Museum, Athens, Gr. Periplus (Museum of Photography, Thessalonika, Gr.,
             Onassis Foundation, NY)
2003      McMullen Museum, Chesnut Hill, Ma.  Common Ground: Photographers on the Street.
2002      Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, Ill.  Anniversary
2001      NY Historical Society, NYC, NY. New York Sept 11, 2001,  Magnum group
2001      Here is New York, Prince St, NYC, NY
1997      Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pa. India: A Celebration of Independence
1997      Bohen Foundation,  NYC,. ABACA exhibition
1995      Art Institute of Boston, Boston, Ma. Civilians in War
1995      Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.  Points of Entry (Traveled: Center for
             Creative Photography, Tucson, Az., Friends of Photography, San Francisco, Jewish 
             Museum, New York
1995      Whitney Museum at Champion, Stamford, Conn. Fact and Fiction
1994      Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla, Spain. Sevilla Vista Por: Miradas Fin de Siglo
1993      Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain. Madrid Vista Por: Miradas Fin de Siglo
1992      Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico.  Mexico Through Foreign Eyes (traveled, 1993
             International Center of Photography, New York)
1991      Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Biennial Exhibition
1989      International Center of Photography, NYC, NY. In Our Time: The World as Seen by
             Magnum Photographers. (Also at Centre Nationale de la Photographie, Palais de
             Tokyo, Paris, France)
1989      Alternative Museum, NYC, NY. Mon Reve/ My Dream: Haiti
1989      Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Ca. Haiti: Revolution in Progress (Also at
             Sterling Art Center, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas)
1987      Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago Ill.
1987      Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Ca. Masters of the Street
1986      Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minn. On the Line: The New Color Photojournalism.
             (Traveled: Portland Museum of Art, Portland Me. Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, 
             Kan. Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas; Carnegie Mellon University Art 
             Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pa. Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio)
1983      California Museum of Photography, Riverside, Ca. Color in the Street
1983      Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, Mass. Grave Relics
1980      Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Mass. Color Photography
1975      Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Mass. Contemporary Photographers V


Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, USA
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, USA
Davison Art Center, Wesleyan College, Middleton, Co, USA
Fogg Museum of Art, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Fondazione Italiana per la Fotografia, Torino, Italy
Fuji Museum, Japan
George Eastman House, Rochester, USA
Getty Center for the Arts and Humanities, Santa Monica, USA
Hasselblad Foundation, Goteborg, Sweden
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA
International Center of Photography, New York, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
Museum of Fine Art, Houston, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, USA
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, USA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, USA
University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

2007       Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names, Aperture, New York
2003       Alex Webb Habla Con Max Kozloff, La Fabrica, Spain
2003       Crossings: Photographs from the U.S.-Mexico Border, Monacelli Press, USA
1998/99  Dislocations, Film Study Center at Harvard University, USA
1997       Amazon: From the Floodplains to the Clouds, Monacelli Press, Inc., USA
1996       From The Sunshine State, Monacelli Press, Inc., USA
1989       Under a Grudging Sun: Photographs from Haiti Libere, Thames & Hudson, USA
1986       Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics, Thames & Hudson, USA