Alex Webb
[Photographer, b. 1952, San Francisco, lives in Brooklyn, New York.]

 I couldn’t work without the world, but I always have a very specific way of seeing it. 
 Sometimes not taking a photograph can be as problematic as taking one. 
 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. 
 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. 
 Ultimately, the reward is the process—the process of photographing and discovering and trying to understand why and what am I photographing. 
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