Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics

Alex Webb, Author Thames & Hudson $35 (91p) ISBN 978-0-500-54116-6
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. (May 12)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
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