Photographer Alex Webb was born in San Francisco, California, in 1952. He studied history and literature at Harvard University and photography at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

Since 1975, Webb has participated in numerous exhibitions around the world. His work is included in such collections as the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California; the Southland Collection in Dallas, Texas; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and the Getty Center for the Arts and the Humanities in Santa Monica, California.

He is the recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award (1980), the Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Photography Award (1988), a National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1990), the Leica Medal of Excellence (2000), and the David Octavius Hill Medaille (2002).

Webb's photographs have appeared in such magazines as GEO, Time, and the New York Times Magazine. He has covered many subjects for National Geographic magazine, including the Amazon River; Tijuana and Monterrey, Mexico; and Istanbul.

Webb has published many photography books, including Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics, Under A Grudging Sun, and Crossings.

Webb lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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