27 April-17 June 2012. This exhibition, entitled The Suffering of Light, brings together a series of shots, taken throughout his 30-year career in photography and reportage, by the famous American author Alex Webb. Webb has immortalized with his images full of dense and bright colours the most unusual places and situations around the world.
At the beginning of his artistic career in the 1970s, Webb followed the traces of his masters and took a great series of black and white portraits, but during a journey in Haiti in 1975 he discovered a new language and style, which came closer to his sensibility. The discovery of colour pushed him to look for places, where the strong and violent light and colour were central to describe a territory. In 1976 Webb, who likes to describe himself a street photographer, became member of the Magnum agency.
He traveled to Haiti, the Caribbean, Mexico, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Brazil and New England, where he took complex photographs, rich in elements, mirrored surface and interpretations. Webb was born in San Francisco in 1952 and graduated in History and Literature at Harvard University and later enrolled at the Carpenter Centre for the Visual Arts. In 1974 he started his career as a photo-reporter and started publishing his shots in world known magazines such as Life, Geo, Stern and National Geographic, for which he created long and accurate reportages in the United States. He currently lives between the Caribbean and Mexico.
On 5 and 6 May Webb will hold a workshop entitled Milan: discover your own vision, held at Forma Foto.