The Suffering of Light
June 1, 2012 – June 29, 2012
Alex Webb arrived on the scene at a moment when photographers were looking for new ways of seeing and working in color. While most photojournalism was still being done in black and white in the late 1970s, Webb felt like he'd reached a dead end with the black and white photos he'd been shooting in New England and around New York. That's when he happened upon a copy of The Comedians, the Graham Greene novel set in the violent world of Papa Doc's Haiti. The novel inspired Webb to board a plane to Port-au-Prince, "a world of emotional vibrancy and intensity." The trip transformed Webb and his photography. It spurred him to explore the Caribbean and the U.S.-Mexico border, places defined by light and heat and activity; capturing those elements prompted Webb's shift to color. Today Webb is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential color photographers in the last four decades.
Andy Hord & Lotta Lofgren, the FUNd @ CACF and LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph