Etherton Gallery Exhibits Alex Webb at new photography art fair,
Paris Photo LA, April 26-28, 2013
We work in unison with movement as though it were a presentiment of the way in which life itself unfolds. But inside movement there is one moment at which the elements in motion are in balance. Photography must seize upon this moment and hold immobile the equilibrium of it.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment, 1952
Wherever he goes, Webb always ends up in a Bermuda-shaped triangle where the distinctions between photojournalism, documentary and art blur and disappear.
Etherton Gallery is pleased to announce that it will exhibit a one-man show of photographs The Suffering of Light, by famed Magnum photojournalist Alex Webb, at Paris Photo LA. To celebrate the fine art photography art fair’s inaugural event in the United States, Paris Photo LA will be held at Paramount Picture Studios, April 26-28, 2013.
Highlights of Etherton Gallery’s solo exhibition will include a number of Webb’s best-known images, including large-scale prints of the prescient San Ysidro, California, a 1979 Goya-esque portrait of a border patrol arrest; the wondrous image of a boy spinning a globe in Tehuantepec, Mexico, 1985; and the complex and multi-layered street photograph, Istanbul, Turkey, 2001.
Over the course of his career, Alex Webb has been a driving force in the medium of photography, one of the most talented and innovative photographers working today. Webb makes complex and enigmatic pictures based on the direct observation of ordinary life, often in extraordinary places, images that his peers cannot fathom making and that transcend established categories such as street photography, photojournalism and fine art photography. Widely acknowledged for his pioneering use of color beginning in the 1970s, Webb’s work was a bold departure from the tradition of black and white documentary photography and photojournalism, which had dominated the medium from its inception. Along with the photographers William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Martin Parr and others, Webb helped lay the foundations for contemporary photography today.
Webb modestly claims that, “the world is his collaborator” and that perhaps some photographs look for him. His approach to his subject matter is clearly indebted to Robert Frank, Walker Evans, and Henri Cartier‐Bresson whose pictures conveyed the ironies of ordinary life. However, Webb’s images transform space and color into emotional elements as important as form and subject. Webb’s genius is his ability to anticipate that perfect moment when ordinary life reaches a temporal, spatial and sensory equilibrium, before he stops down the shutter. In that moment, when he turns a corner and senses a photograph, present and future merge. The resulting image is a serendipitous “distillation of gesture, color and cultural tension in a single frame.” In the end, Alex Webb’s photographs raise more questions than they answer.
Alex Webb’s photographs are the subject of a major travelling exhibition, Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light, Thirty Years of Photographs, organized by Aperture Foundation, on view at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art through May 4, 2013. Webb’s accompanying monograph, The Suffering of Light and several signed, out-of-print books will be available at the Etherton Gallery booth.
For more information about Etherton Gallery or Alex Webb, contact Daphne Srinivasan or Hannah Glasston at 520-624-7370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about Paris Photo LA visit The Paris Photo LA website.
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