Alex Webb is an american street photographer associated with Magnum Photos. He is born in 5 May 1952 in San Fransisco. He has primarily worked in color, has published 11 books, and has contributed to such magazines as GEO, Time, and the New York Times Magazine. Webb was raised in New England. Webb first became interested in photography as a high school student and in 1972 attended the Apeiron Workshops in Millerton, New York, where he met Magnum photographers Bruce Davidson and Charles Harbutt. He went on to study history and literature at Harvard University (graduating in 1974), but also studied photography at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. By 1974 he was working as a photojournalist and in 1976 he became an associate member of Magnum Photos. During this time he documented small-town life in the American South. He also did some work in the Caribbean and Mexico, which led him, in 1978, to begin working in color, which he has continued to do.
Since 1975, Webb has participated in numerous exhibitions around the world. His work is included in such collections as the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California; the Southland Collection in Dallas, Texas; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and the Getty Center for the Arts and the Humanities in Santa Monica, California.
He is the recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award (1980), the Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Photography Award (1988), a National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1990), the Leica Medal of Excellence (2000), and the David Octavius Hill Medaille (2002). Webb's photographs have appeared in such magazines as GEO, Time, and the New York Times Magazine. He has covered many subjects for National Geographic magazine, including the Amazon River; Tijuana and Monterrey, Mexico; and Istanbul.
Webb has published many photography books, including Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics, Under A Grudging Sun, and Crossings. Webb lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Webb now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Rebecca Norris Webb, who is also a photographer.