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"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

b. 1952


Based in New York, USA


Available for commissions
& assignments

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Best known for his vibrant and complex color work, especially from Latin America and the Caribbean, Alex Webb has published 14 books, including The Suffering of Light, a survey book of his color work, and most recently, Memory City (with Rebecca Norris Webb), a meditation about film, time, and the city of Rochester, NY itself, the long-time home of Kodak, in the year following the company’s bankruptcy.

His 15th book, La Calle — which features some 30 years of his street photographs from Mexico — will be published in fall 2016 to coincide with the opening of the traveling exhibition of the work at Aperture Foundation in New York. Alex has exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, and the Guggenheim Museum, NY.

Alex became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Geo Magazine and other publications. He has received numerous awards and grants including a Hasselblad Foundation Grant in 1998 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007.


Selected works

Arts & Culture

The Suffering of Light

Alex Webb

An exemplary study of light, community and culture in Alex Webb's monograph, weaving together the most iconic photographs from his three decades-long career

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From the Magnum Shop

Most Recent

Current Exhibition
Budapest, Hungary

Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light in Budapest

Alex Webb
Until Apr 9

Current Exhibition
Brescia, Italy

Magnum’s First/Magnum: La première fois

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 11

Theme | 13 Stories

Magnum at 70: What’s On

Upcoming Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

David Hurn’s Swaps

Magnum Photographers
May 18 - 21

Current Exhibition
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Evolution Explored

Magnum Photographers
Until Apr 23

Theme | 6 Stories

On Photography: Magnum Photos Now

Arts & Culture

The Magnum Gift Guide

Magnum Photographers

Theme | 6 Stories

The 2016 US Presidential Election

Past Square print

Conditions of the Heart: on Empathy and Connection in Photography

Magnum Photographers
Until Nov 4, 2016

Arts & Culture

Alex Webb: La Calle

Alex Webb

Past Workshop
Miami, United States

Finding Your Vision: Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb Miami Workshop

Magnum Photographers
Dec 2, 2016

Past Workshop
New-York, USA

Bookmaking workshop in NYC with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris

Magnum Photographers
Oct 21, 2016

Past Exhibition
Eschborn, Germany

Magnum Contact Sheets

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 19, 2016

Past Square print

The (More or Less) Decisive Moments

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 11, 2016

Past Workshop
Milan, Italy

Masterclass with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

Magnum Photographers
Jun 15, 2016

Past Square print
Online Only,

Up Close & Personal

Magnum Photographers
Until Nov 13, 2015

Theme | 11 Stories

Public / Private: Love Stories and Intimate Journeys

Theme | 23 Stories

A Portrait of America