ALEX WEBB was born in San Francisco, became interested in photography in high school, and studied at Harvard. During the 1970s, he photographed in the American South, documenting small town life in black and white, and began working in the Caribbean and Mexico in color, which he has continued to do to the present. He has published seven books: Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics (1986), Under a Grudging Sun: Photographs from Haiti Libere 1986-1988 (1989), From the Sunshine State: Photographs of Florida (1996),Amazon: From the Floodplains to the Clouds (1997), Crossings (2003), Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names (2007), Human Documents: Eight Photographers (Peabody Museum) (2009), and Violet Isle (2009). Webb has received many grants and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Leopold Godowsky Color Photography Award, the Leica Medal of Excellence, and the David Octavius Hill Award. He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, and his work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.