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Virtuous Colours

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From July 22 to August 7, 2016, the Galerie Botanique in Brussels is presenting The Suffering of Light, an exhibition of photos by Alex Webb.

Webb (*1952) began his career as a photojournalist in 1974, and by 1976 had been taken on by the Magnum Agency. Three years later he was already a full member. In the seventies, Webb documented life in the small towns of the southern US – back then still in black and white. However, he was so impressed by the colours produced by Kodachrome film, that he changed to colour in 1978 and, since then, has virtually only photographed in colour.

The exhibition includes his two series Crossings and Istanbul. In Crossings Webb presents the American-Mexican border and those trying to cross it illegally, which he has been following since the seventies. For the Istanbul series, Webb headed for the Turkish capital looking for contrasts between east and west, antiquity and modernity, religiousness and secularity.

The exhibition takes place within the framework of the Summer of Photography, the Brussels photography biennial, from June 17 to September 4, 2016.

Further information on the exhibition can be found at: www.botanique.be.

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