Amazon: From the Floodplains to the Clouds by Alex Webb
. First edition (1997). First impression. Large format hardback in fine condition. Slight shelf wear. No internal markings. Slight scuffing to dust jacket, now in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Amazon: From the Floodplains to the Clouds
Amazon: From the Floodplains to the Clouds is photographer Alex Webb's compelling documentation of a voyage through the worlds of those who live along this immense waterway.
So, the photographs reproduce a trip from the enormous Amazon delta in Brazil through Colombia to the icy ponds and streams by the slopes of Mount Mismi in Peru - the source of the river. Indigenous traditions and European influences intermingle and also thrive throughout these countries. The lowlands are a diverse region of backwater ports and river villages overgrown into ramshackle towns and cities, as well as places of fantastic festivals, highlighted by costumes and parades. The Peruvian highlands are a world of harsh rock, bleak and bitter weather, and also ongoing political strife.
Alex Webb is best known for his complex and vibrant color photographs of serendipitous or enigmatic moments, often in places with socio-political tensions. Over the past 45 years, Webb has worked in places as varied as the U.S.-Mexico border, Haiti, Istanbul, and then, most recently, a number of U.S. cities. “My work is questioning and exploratory,” he says. “I believe in photographs that convey a certain level of ambiguity, that ask questions rather than provide answers.”
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