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In 1998 Alex Webb visited Istanbul and was immediately enthralled by its people, history, and the richness of its street life, especially the sense of Istanbul as a border city between East and West, Europe and Asia, the only major city in the world that actually exists on two continents. He has returned whenever possible, and the resulting work conveys the frisson of a culture in transition, yet firmly rooted in history. Founded by the Greeks some twenty-seven centuries ago, this much-fought-over trading center has been the capital of two of history's most powerful empires—the Byzantine and the Ottoman—and now stands as the largest city of one of the world’s few secular Muslim nations, which hopes to enter the European Union. In Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names, Webb's uses his ability to distill gesture, color, and contrasting cultural tensions into a single, beguiling frame to full effect in presenting his vision of Istanbul: a city of minarets and pigeons rising to the heavens during the dawn call to prayer, yet also a city of ATM machines and designer jeans.
Hardcover, 25,8 x 30,6 cm, 136 Seiten
Alex Webb - Selections 1979-2013 September 7, 2018 - October 27, 2018 " I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner." (Alex Webb) The American photographer Alex Webb, member of the photo agency Magnum since 1976, presents his work from 1979-2013 in the Leica Gallery Frankfurt. During the mid-1970s Webb photographed in the American south, documenting small-town life in black and white. He also began working in the Caribbean and Mexico. In 1978 he started to photograph in color, as he has continued to do .... mehr
Alex Webb *Mai 5, 1952, San Francisco, USA Alex Webb became interested in photography during his high school years and attended the Apeiron Workshops in Millerton, New York, in 1972. He majored in history and literature at Harvard University, at the same time studying photography at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. In 1974 he began working as a professional photojournalist and he joined Magnum Photos as an associate member in 1976. During the mid-1970s Webb photographed in the American south, documenting small-town life in black and white. He also began working in the Caribbean and Mexico. In 1978 he started to photograph in color, as he has continued to do. Webb received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in 1986, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1990, a Hasselblad Foundation Grant in 1998 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. He won the Leopold Godowsky Color Photography Award in 1988, the Leica Medal of Excellence in 2000 and the David Octavius Hill Award in 2002. His photographs have been the subject of articles in Art in America and Modern Photography. He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, in museums including the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the International Center of Photography, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Alex Webb has published 16 photography books, including The Suffering of Light , a survey book of 30 years of his color photographs. He’s exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y., the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A Magnum Photos member since 1979, his work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine , National Geographic , and other publications. He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His most recent books are La Calle: Photographs from Mexico and the collaboration Slant Rhymes with Rebecca Norris Webb. ... mehr