Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light

December 8, 2011–January 19, 2012

The Suffering of Light by Alex Webb exhibition at Aperture GalleryThe Suffering of Light by Alex Webb exhibition at Aperture GalleryThe Suffering of Light by Alex Webb exhibition at Aperture GalleryThe Suffering of Light by Alex Webb exhibition at Aperture GalleryThe Suffering of Light by Alex Webb. Children playing on a playground.The Suffering of Light by Alex Webb. A boy holds pink cotton candy at night, the scene is lit by green and orange light. The Suffering of Light. A man smokes a cigarette in the foreground, while others sit in the background, lit by yellow, red, and green light. The Suffering of Light by Alex Webb. 2 boys in the foreground were swimsuits, and stand against a green wall, with 3 figures in the background.

Gathering images from the far corners of the globe, The Suffering of Light is the most comprehensive exhibition ever shown in the United States charting the career of acclaimed American photographer Alex Webb. Recognized as a pioneer of American color photography, Webb has consistently created photographs characterized by intense color and light since the 1970s. 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.” After tiring of photographing in his native New England, Webb found himself drawn to the unique energy and emotional vibrancy of Haiti and the Caribbean, and the mingling of cultures along the U.S.-Mexico border. 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. This major exhibition provides the most thorough examination of Webb’s prolific thirty-year career to date, featuring key works alongside previously unpublished photographs.

The Suffering of Light

The Suffering of Light

Alex Webb, a pioneer of American color photography, collects his most iconic images in The Suffering of Light.
$65.00
Istanbul

Istanbul

In Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names, Webb's uses his ability to distill gesture, color, and contrasting cultural tensions into a single, beguiling frame to full effect in presenting his vision of Istanbul.
$50.00

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