Alex Webb
The Suffering of Light

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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the most thorough examination of Webb’s prolific thirty-year career to date, featuring key works alongside previously unpublished photographs.

Exhibition proposal available for download:
Alex Webb Exhibition

NBC News Photo Blog, “Capturing the ‘suffering of light’ over 30 years”
The New York Times Lens Blog, “Alex Webb’s Dialogue With the Streets”

The exhibition includes fifty-two photographs in two sizes: 25.5 x 34.5 in. and 32.5 x 45.5 in. The exhibition requires approximately 230 feet of linear wall space.

The Suffering of Light
Photographs by Alex Webb
12 x 13 inches, 204 pages, 115 four-color images
Spring 2011
Designed by David Chickey

Participation fee:
Please call Annette Booth at (212) 946-7128.
$9,000 for an 8-week showing. The host venue is responsible for pro-rated shipping and insurance.

The exhibition is available through 2015.

Current Venue List:

  • Look 3
    P.O. Box 1541
    Charlottesville, VA
    Friday, June 1 – Saturday, June 30, 2012
  • Aperture Gallery
    547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
    New York, NY
    Thursday, September 9 – Saturday, November 13, 2010