The Suffering of Light.
Photographs by Alex Webb. Text by Geoff Dyer.
Aperture, 2011. 204 pp., 115 color illustrations, 13x12".
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 Featuring key works alongside previously unpublished photographs, The Suffering of Light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.
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