Alex Webb is this years’ winner of the “Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas”. This prestigious award is given by the Council of Alcobendas to a documentary photographer who illustrates the rights of childhood throughout his career and whose work encourages reflection on the different and fascinating questions that characterize the global situation of children. The winning photograph is “Mexico 1985. Children playing at the playground.” While the 5 children in the photograph are depicted together, each retains a sense of autonomy—each is a world unto himself. The photograph embodies Webb’s characteristic visually layered compositions with a “lyric and realistic” sense of childhood.
It is the combination of technique and humanity that impressed the jury, composed of Lola Garrido, collector and independent curator; Pepe Font de Mora, director of the Foundation Foto Colectania; Carlos Perz Siquier, photographer, National Prize of Photography 2003; Jose Maria Diaz-Maroto, photographer and curator of the Alcobendas’s Collection; and Eva Tomo, Culture and Childhood City Councilor of Alcobendas.
Alex Webb joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and was elected President of the agency last summer. In addition to working for magazines such as Life, Geo and New York Times Magazine, he has also published several books of photography. The most recent, Violet Isle, is a vibrant document of Cuba by Alex and his wife, photographer Rebecca Norris Webb. The book was released last August by Radius Books.