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[b. 1952] American freelance photographer
I photographed numbly, producing photographs too obscene to show the world but too important to ignore. How, I later wondered, could a viewer looking at those dismemberments ever step beyond disgust and horror and understand that there could be complicated motives for such brutality?. - Alex Webb , Under a Grudging Sun : Photographs from Haiti Libere 1986-1988 by Alex Webb , ISBN: 0500275440
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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

Color is very much about atmosphere and emotion and the feel of a place. - Alex Webb
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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

Whether I’m photographing near or far from where I live, I try to embrace a sense of discovery. - Alex Webb

I feel the space, the light, the colour, the form and the scene simultaneously. I'm not thinking, I'm sensing the street… I'm intrigued with the emotional and sensory tenor of these elements. - Alex Webb - Photography Masterclass: Creative Techniques of 100 Great Photographers [Paul Lowe] foreword by Simon Norfolk

I hope to bring back pictures from the world that open people's eyes—pictures that suggest the enigmatic nature of the world we live in, as well as its variety, complexity, beauty, and pain.

It's not for me to tell viewers what to find in my photographs; it's for them to discover. I believe that viewers, depending on who they are— their culture, their education, their unique personality— will each find something different in the photographs.

I believe in photographs that convey a certain level of ambiguity, that ask questions rather than provide answers. - Alex Webb - Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image

Time is often the best editor. How you perceive your work the day after you photograph is very different from a week later, and significantly different from three weeks later— or three months. Time helps get rid of sentimental attachments to a photograph: "I really liked this person I photographed so the picture must be good" or "I worked very hard on this picture so it must be successful." Time gives you the distance necessary to see the work more clearly. - Alex Webb

..the possibility of one particular photographer’s pictures lying around the corner is never realized until the photographer is there. It’s one of the enigmas of photography. - Alex Webb

Traditional photojournalists arrive with an idea of what they are going to produce or what the editor wants. I approach a subject very much as a street photographer and a wanderer, without preconceptions. I try to leave it extremely intuitive and exploratory. - Alex Webb

I work extremely intuitively. I wander, I respond. Am I aware of certain elements rationally at times? Sure. But I think that often when I am more aware of them, it usually means that the picture falls flat. - Alex Webb

I have always felt that a lot of the most interesting work, not just mine but other people’s, falls into [the] nether area, somewhere between the worlds of documentary and photojournalism (two very vague words) and the world of art. I think a lot of street photography falls into this nether area. - Alex Webb

Running through a lot of traditional photojournalism there is an overwhelming sense of... pictures that say something, that define something. I’m not trying to define things. I’m trying to explore things. I’m trying to ask questions. - Alex Webb

There is always a certain kind of tension that exists between the way I see, and what exists in front of me. I think most photography falls in that area, between the photographer’s eye or the photographer’s vision, and the content, the subject matter out there. - Alex Webb

There is something about the light, the heat (physical and perhaps metaphysical), the vibrancy of street life, and the rawness and disjointedness of much of the tropical world that has moved and disturbed me—in places where the indigenous culture is often transformed by an external northern culture (sometimes my own... I suspect that one has a few serious creative obsessions in life. I certainly cannot seem to escape this one. - Alex Webb

Ultimately, the reward is the process—the process of photographing and discovering and trying to understand why and what am I photographing. - Alex Webb

The viewer is yet another eye that is part of the compact that makes a photograph what it is. - Alex Webb

I couldn’t work without the world, but I always have a very specific way of seeing it. - Alex Webb

Sometimes not taking a photograph can be as problematic as taking one. - Alex Webb

One of the first times I went to Paris as a photographer, I just looked around and I looked over there and I saw that there is Doisneau, there is Brassaï, there is Kertész, and there is Cartier-Bresson. I just thought, "What am I going to do with my camera?" - Alex Webb

When you hit that wall of utter frustration while photographing in the street, when you are beyond tired and just want to give up, keep on walking — for another hour, or until the light goes entirely. Often the best photographs come when you least expect them — when you are the most exhausted, and the most emotionally vulnerable. - Alex Webb

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