Join MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE for this captivating conversation between photographer Alex Webb and Juan García de Oteyza, curator of our current exhibition Mexico Through the Lens of National Geographic and former director of the Aperture Foundation in New York City. Webb will present his most recent monograph, the Suffering of Light, which is largely drawn from his work in Latin America; provide insight into his fascinating photographs of the US/ Mexican border that are featured in the exhibition; and have a conversation with García de Oteyza about the important role of photographs and photographers in shaping our understanding of people and places.
Copies of The Suffering of Light and Violet Isle will be available for purchase by cash or check before and after the talk.
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 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is the recipient of an 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), the David Octavius Hill Medaille (2002), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007.) 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. He has published many photography books, including Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics, Under A Grudging Sun, Crossings, Violet Isle (with Rebecca Norris Webb), and The Suffering of Light. Webb lives in Brooklyn, New York with the photographer Rebecca Norris Webb.
OCTOBER 6, 2011 | 6:30 PM
MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE
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