Alex Webb: La Calle: Photographs of Mexico - Alex Webb (Hardcover)

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Barcode
9781597113717
Department
Books
Released
8 Sep 2016
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Alex Webb
Alex Webb (Photographer)
Guillermo Arriaga
Enrigue Alvaro
Alvaro Enrigue
Valeria Luiselli
Guadalupe Nettel
Binding
Hardback
Publisher
Aperture
Language
English
Number of Pages
156
Dimensions
270 x 215mm (1.03kg)

Summary

La Calle brings together more than thirty years of photography from the streets of Mexico by Alex Webb, spanning 1975 to 2007. Whether in black and white or color, Webb’s richly layered and complex compositions touch on multiple genres. As Geoff Dyer writes, Wherever he goes, Webb always ends up in a Bermuda-shaped triangle where the distinctions between photojournalism, documentary, and art blur and disappear. Webb’s ability to distill gesture, light, and cultural tensions into single, beguiling frames results in evocative images that convey a sense of mystery, irony, and humor.
Following an initial trip in the mid-1970s, Webb returned frequently to Mexico, working intensely on the U.S.–Mexico border and into southern Mexico throughout the 1980s and ’90s, inspired by what poet Octavio Paz calls Mexicanism—delight in decorations, carelessness and pomp, negligence, passion, and reserve. La Calle presents a commemoration of the Mexican street as a sociopolitical bellwether—albeit one that has undergone significant transformation since Webb’s first trips to the country. Newly commissioned pieces from noted Mexican and Mexican American authors lend further insight into the roles the streets have played for generations: part arterial network, part historical palimpsest, and part absurdist theater of the everyday. Copublished by Aperture and Televisa Foundation

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Photography
BISAC Subject 1
Photography / Subjects & Themes / Regional (see also TRAVEL / Pictorials)
BISAC Subject 2
History / Latin America / Mexico
BISAC Subject 3
Photography / Individual Photographers / Monographs
BIC Classification 1
Individual photographers
BIC Classification 2
Individual photographers
Library Subject 1
Street photography - Mexico
Library Subject 2
Mexico - Pictorial works
Dewey Classification
779.9972083092
Readership
General (US: Trade)

Author Bio

Alex Webb's photographs have appeared in a wide range of publications, including the NewYork Times Magazine, Life, Stern and National Geographic, and have been exhibited internationally. He is a recipient of the Leica Medal of Excellence (2000) and the Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas (2009), and has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1976.