Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds. Photographs from the Tropics. Photographs by Alex Webb. Thames & Hudson, New York, 1986. 94 pp. Large oblong quarto. First U.S. edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Color reproductions.
Color work from Mexico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Barbados, and other equatorial countries. Unlike many photographers seduced by the intense, saturated colors of these regions, Webb is fully aware of the need of subject matter other than "just" color. Expertly seen, these photographs convey a sense of mystery and other- worldliness about the tropical life to the south of the U.S.
Istanbul. City of a Hundred Names. Photographs by Alex Webb. Text by Orhan Pamuk. Aperture, New York, 2007. 136 pp. Oblong quarto. First edition, first printing. SIGNED by Webb on title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Color reproductions. Aperture subscription fliers laid in.
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Fine-; slight bumps to lower corners; Fine+ jacket.
In Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names, Magnum photographer Alex Webb displays his particular ability to distill gesture, color and contrasting cultural tensions into a single, beguiling frame. He presents a vision of Istanbul as an urban cultural center, rich with the incandescence of its past-a city of minarets and pigeons rising to the heavens during the early-morning call to Muslim prayers-yet also a city riddled with ATM machines and clothed in designer jeans. Webb began photographing Istanbul in 1998, and became instantly enthralled: by the people, the layers of culture and history, the richness of street life. But what particularly drew him in was a sense of Istanbul as a border city, lying between Europe and Asia. 'For 30-some years as a photographer, I have been intrigued by borders, places where cultures come together, sometimes easily, sometimes roughly.' The resulting body of work, some of Webb's strongest to date, conveys the frisson of a culture in transition, yet firmly rooted in a complex history. With essay by the Nobel Prize winning novelist, Orhan Pamuk.
The Suffering of Light. Photographs by Alex Webb. Text by Geoff Dyer.
Aperture, 2011. 204 pp. Small folio. First printing. INSCRIBED on half-title page. Half-clothbound boards with photo-illustration. 115 color reproductions.
Near Fine+/Fine-; small spot on front board; touch of wear to 'tips'.
From the publisher:
"The Suffering of Light is the first comprehensive monograph charting the career of acclaimed American photographer Alex Webb. Gathering some of his most iconic images, many of which were taken in the far corners of the earth, this exquisite book brings a fresh perspective to his extensive catalog. Recognized as a pioneer of American color photography since the 1970s, Webb has consistently created photographs characterized by intense color and light. His work, with its richly layered and complex composition, touches on multiple genres, including street photography, photojournalism, and fine art, but as Webb claims, to me it all is photography. You have to go out and explore the world with a camera. Webb’s ability to distill gesture, color and contrasting cultural tensions into single, beguiling frames results in evocative images that convey a sense of enigma, irony and humor. Featuring key works alongside previously unpublished photographs, The Suffering of Light provides the most thorough examination to date of this modern master’s prolific, 30-year career."