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The Suffering of Light

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The Suffering of Light is the first comprehensive monograph charting the career of acclaimed 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. Recognized as a pioneer of American color photography since the 1970s, Webb ...more
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Aperture (first published May 1st 2011)
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Paul Chan Htoo Sang
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Alex Webb is a photographer I have admired aesthetically since I started to walk towards the artform. But today, while I was reading and discussing his works with my mentors (who are great photographers), they pointed out that his works are too perfect in terms of technicality. In other words, his works become predictable, although extremely hard to imitate.

I recommend this book to anyone who is planning to pursue the artform as a street photographer. Although his artworks lack the emotional
Steve Angelkov
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is the first photobook I have read by Alex Webb, but after watching quite a few YouTube documentaries, the book is astounding and highly recommended to get the full benefit of his colour portfolio.

The technical side of these photos are another level and I can see myself reading the book many times in the immediate future, to get some much needed inspiration.

I like the form factor of the book, providing nicely sized photos with suitable negative space on the pages, to draw your
Ясен В.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mr. Webb has a wonderful ability to catch compelling patterns in his photography that always include one or more humans to give the picture scale and comprehension. We can relate to the people in the frame as they go about their daily tasks. His mastery of color allows for full saturation combined with underexposed figures whose dark silhouettes add drama to the compositions. This book is a visual treat for the eyes and the soul.
Gianfranco Gentile
This beautifully printed large volume is a terrific journey through the sublime work of an absolute master of street photography, colour and poetry, as well as the wonderful places he keeps returning to.
Scott Loftesness
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sam Abell recommended Alex Webb as an innovative photographer - and this book shows why. Webb's current focus is on Cuba (with his wife) and Istanbul - and the bright colors and great compositions are beautiful.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I believe that Alex Webb's strength is in his ability to combine colors, people (many of them, and several stories in one picture. I enjoyed this eye-opener collection.
Jonathan Bian
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fucking incredible.
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