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The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Photographs
Alex Webb

The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Photographs, Alex Webb

The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Photographs, Alex WebbThe Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Photographs
Alex Webb
Thames & Hudson

Text by Geoff Dyer.


204 pages
305 x 330 mm
ISBN 9780500543979


The Suffering of Light is the first comprehensive monograph charting the career of American photographer Alex Webb. Gathering some of his most iconic images, many of which were taken in the far corners of the earth, this exquisite book brings a fresh perspective to his extensive catalog. Recognised as a pioneer of American color photography since the 1970s, Webb has consistently created photographs characterised by intense color and light. 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.’ Webb’s ability to distill gesture, color and contrasting cultural tensions into single frames results in evocative images that convey a sense of enigma, irony and humour. Featuring key works alongside previously unpublished photographs, The Suffering of Light provides the most thorough examination to date of Webb’s prolific, 30-year career.

About the Artist
Alex Webb (b. 1952) is an American photographer known for his vibrant colour photographs. He has been working as a photographer since the 1970s.

About the Publisher
Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their passion and mission was to create a ‘museum without walls’ and to make accessible to a large reading public the world of art and the research of top scholars. To reflect its international outlook the name for the company linked the rivers flowing through London and New York, represented in its logo by two dolphins symbolizing friendship and intelligence, one facing east, one west, suggesting a connection between the Old World and the New. Today, still an independent, family-owned company, Thames & Hudson is one of the world’s leading publishers of illustrated books with over 2,000 titles in print. They publish high-quality books across ‎all areas of visual creativity: the arts (fine, applied, decorative, performing), architecture, design, photography, fashion, film and music, and also archaeology, history and popular culture.

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