Alex Webb studied history and literature at Harvard University and studied photography at the Carpenter Center for the Arts. He has published nine books, including Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names and Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Rebecca Norris Webb), the latter was exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2011.
Webb has exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. Alex became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. He has received numerous awards and grants including a Hasselblad Foundation Grant in 1998 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007.