Something to note about the way Alex Webb captures images is his unique way of seeing, an observance of reality that highlights the surreal aspect of the every day and shows us those hidden dimensions often overlooked. The saturated use of colour and shadow in his work grasp the subjects he portrays and intensify the aspects of humanity that they represent.
Active as a photographer since the seventies, Webb began his career shooting small town America in the south. At first primarily shooting in black and white he began working in the Caribbean and Mexico, the exposure to these environments then led to the migration of colour into his photography. One could say Webb’s use of colour and shadow are defining elements of his style that enhance and illuminate his unique compositions.
Alex Webb joined the Magnum Agency in 1976…
“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
Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario