Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

6th Apr - 20th May

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4 Touring Exhibition

Belfast Exposed is delighted to be hosting the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4 Touring Exhibition from 6th April – 20th May 202...

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2nd Feb - 18th Mar

Futures Curator Award: Nothing But A Curtain

Belfast Exposed presents a  journey along the former Iron Curtain from Polish-born documentary photographer Zula Rabikowska,...

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Community

24th May - 25th May

Belfast Exposed Photography Academy Showcase 2022

Belfast Exposed is proud to present The Belfast Exposed Photography Academy Showcase 2022, an exhibition featuring work from ...

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14th Oct - 25th Nov

Looking Through Our Eyes

Belfast Exposed present a photographic exhibition exploring the theme of portraits by a group of individuals who have an acqu...

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Crossings

Gallery 1

17th Feb 2006 to 31st Mar 2006

About The Exhibition

Belfast Exposed launched its new 2006 gallery programme with an exhibition by noted Magnum photographer Alex Webb. For the past 25 years Webb has been documenting the narrow strip of land between the United States-Mexico borders, here cultural differences between the two countries are blurred and a atomsphere of transience and crossings dominates. In this exhibition his complex and poignant images capture the humor, pathos, paradox and tragedy of life in a place of perpetual flux, transience and volatility. Photographing primarily in the streets, Webb vividly captures the physical, cultural, economic and symbolic "crossings" or passages that continually blur the lines of demarcation between the two countries. The cross-migration and overlaying of peoples, ideas, beliefs and systems within border zones is a subject that Webb has explored throughout his career.

"I first went to the border in 1975. I worked in black and white then; now I work in colour. My initial fascination with the world of illegal border crossers has expanded to include many other kinds of crossings-cultural, economic, spiritual - Halloween festivities in Mexico, charro celebrations in the United States, U.S college spring breakers in Mexico, Mexican shoppers in the U.S. Culturally interwoven, it is this U.S-Mexico borderland that has come to fascinate me, almost a third country unto itself that is brutally divided-by a river, a fence, a wire - and yet somehow is also one." - Alex Webb

The Artists

Alex Webb

Artist Biography

Alex Webb's photography books include From the Sunshine State: Photographs of Florida, Amazon: From the Floodplains to the Clouds, Under a Grudging Sun: Photographs from Haiti Libere, Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics, and the limited edition Dislocations. A member of Magnum Photos since 1979, he has received numerous awards and fellowships. Webb's work has exhibited worldwide, and his images are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the International Centre for Photography. His photographs have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Life, Geo, National geographic, Aperture and many other magazines.