Under A Grudging Sun By Alex Webb | Photography Book Recommendation

Reviewed  By Joelcy Kay

Editor & Curator | Edge of Humanity Magazine


Under A Grudging Sun By Alex Webb depicts Haiti in the late 80s.

It is a dramatic; and yet raw contrast of thick colors and the Haitian people’s dark complexion, which is in many images, depicted as a silhouette.

My eyes wander endless through these images that seem to recycle the stories every inch of the way. Images of daily life are organic, full of truth and saturated by vibrant colors.

Most images have landscape orientation and occupy 1/3 of the page, there are also many diptychs, all depicting scenes of daily life where color and silhouette mimic waves, moving in and out of sand with an enchanting rhythm.

You can feel the tension in the images showing scenes of social injustice/stability, violence, dead bodies, suffering and poverty, as if the deep colors and shadows were heating up.

My favorites:

The image on page 19 has a motion picture feel, as a little guy (child) in the middle of the image takes a pick looking at the photographer.

On Page 29 patterns meet daily life in an artistic depiction of a (almost) silhouette of a man wearing a hat.  In the background men labor on top of a wood roof. The patterns on the roof and window run horizontally while the ones on the walls and fence run vertically. It looks like a painting.

On page 75 the eyes of the man and woman standing in front of a blue and pink wall tells the story of their lives in a very emotional portrait.

Under a Grudging Sun By Alex Webb is a must have for people interested in social issues, history and the Caribbean.  For the monochrome buffs go ahead and play dangerously, you will not be disappointed. And for the photography book collector this book is a must have.

For book specifics see Amazon.com below

Under a Grudging Sun: Photographs from Haiti Libere 1986-1988


Are you looking to have a published review of your Photo Book?

  Edge of Humanity Magazine’s curator is now reviewing photo books. Joelcy Kay (the curator of Edge of Humanity Magazine and the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY) has written many reviews for books in the Edge of Humanity Magazine’s Photography Book Collection and now she is available to write yours.  

Here are some of her book recommendations:


Curse Of The Black Gold

50 Years Of Oil In The Niger Delta

Photographs By Ed Kashi

Edited By Michael Watts

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Living Faith

Inside the Muslim World of Southeast Asia

By Steve Raymer

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Under A Grudging Sun

By Alex Webb

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By Edge of Humanity Magazine



Peoples Of The Omo Valley

By Hans Silvester

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By Edward Burtynsky

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Figments From The Real World

By Garry Winogrand

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The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is designed to connect art seekers and collectors with artists DIRECTLY.  The gallery is not a mall, but instead a collection of remarkable works of art that bring together artists and potential buyers.

Following Edge of Humanity Magazine‘s footsteps of publishing unparalleled content from artists and photographers worldwide, the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is on a mission to provide it’s viewers art that is unique and diverse.


Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator

Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life.  Most of it was acquired during my travels.  Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity.  But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell.  It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale.  The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow.  And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM”  the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.


The gallery is designed to connect the art seekers and collectors with artists directly. We offer artists a COMMISSION FREE / CONTRACT FREE online platform to sell their creations and engage with their clients using portfolio pages that are engaging with large images and a dramatic black background.

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