The Suffering of Light by Alex Webb

If there’s one thing that everyone knows, it’s that great street photography is done in black and white, except no-one told Alex Webb.

Alex is a Magnum Photographer with decades of experience under his belt and The Suffering Of Light brings together 30 years of his work in brilliant color. 


Why We Love The Suffering of Light 

One of the cardinal rules of photography is “simplify, simplify, simplify” and you have to be really good to be able to break it.

Alex’s gift is to shatter the rule over and over again. He layers complexity into every shot and elevates the everyday to the sublime by doing so. 

The Suffering of Light by Alex Webb

His use of color is also very distinctive, there’s something unique about the tones and hues that he captures and given that this is work shot on film? That’s quite an achievement. 

On top of that, this is a book that has been brilliantly edited and each image is presented in the fashion that brings out the best in it. 


Final Thoughts On The Suffering of Light 

If you’re not a fan of Alex Webb’s work already, you will be once you’ve read The Suffering of Light, it’s that simple. 

Do you like Magnum Photographers? If so, you’re going to love Magnum Contact Sheets, Personal Best by Elliott Erwitt and Subway by Bruce Davison too. 

You can grab a copy online here.

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