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Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics Hardcover – April 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (April 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500541167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500541166
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 10.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,570,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Seventy-six surrealistic postcards stun the viewer with crisp beauty: a fierce contrast between inner and outer worlds. People of this tropical vision are frozen in decisive moments, barely animating textured architectural still-lifes and sunset webbed shadows. Echoes of human forms create a pictorial time warp similar to that in Egyptian friezes. Color is intense, composition is tight, and imagery is a multi-leveled hyperbole for human desperation. Superbly printed on heavy matte stock, with a short quote from Carlos Fuentes's Hydra Head serving as the only introduction. Webb is a freelance photojournalist who has published in Geo, Time and other magazines.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

These photographs by a young Magnum photojournalist were taken in various countries of the Third WorldGrenada, Mexico, Zaire, the Dominican Republic, Egyptbut all seem to be of one and the same place. Full of marvelous color, both muted and brilliant, bright and pastel, they are anything but romantic. Webb's use of color and his compositional style, with its sharp lines and divisive planes, combine to create tension within the frame. He presents a view of the Third World as a fragmented place where people are disconnected, cut off from each other. His harsh, painful pictures capture both the natural beauty and the human desperation that coexist in much of the world. Recommended for serious photography collections. Frank Schroth, Technology Training Associates, Cambridge, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By Johan Brink on June 4, 2014
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Alex Webb is a master of light och shadows and colors. And this book is one of his best. Really stunning.
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Alex Webb is a master of street, color, and people and this is a well-made example of his work. Highly recommended.
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By James Knowles on June 20, 2012
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One of the best photojournalist artists of our time. If these images do not provoke and evoke emotions of wonder, splendor and hot light in the viewer, it might be time to go outside and look around a bit rather than live to watch tv.
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3 of 32 people found the following review helpful By truthful words on August 9, 2004
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like all of webb's books, very distant with little sense of feeling for the culture or sympathy for the people he photographs. tells me very little about the environment or the plight of the people he photographes, very beautiful but disturbingly distant.
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