96 pages, 12.5 x 10.8 inches
Published by Thames & Hudson, 1986
Some photobooks are just so rare that you have to shell out a couple of hundred bucks to get your hands on an original copy. Having never been reissued, Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics is one of those volumes that makes me contemplate doing so. Alex Webb is a member of the Magnum Photos stable, a long-running photographic cooperative originally established by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymour in 1947. The photographs in this book – shot in Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, Africa and Asia – feature an astoundingly rich colour palette and convey the reality of each location through exceptional, seemingly off-the-cuff compositions of daily life.