Alex Webb is a photographer. He has published fifteen books, and his work has been shown widely, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 and the Leica Medal of Excellence in 2000.


The Street with Trotsky’s Bones

Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1985

I told my children while pointing to the weirdly shaped Polyforum building, the three of us sitting down in the backseat of a cab, feeling a bit foreign in the city in which we had all been born but had not lived for a long time: “The guy who did that thing is the same one who fired the machine gun whose bullet holes we saw in Trotsky’s bedroom, near your grandparents’ house.” They were, of course, immediately interested in the building. I grew up in the neighborhood of El Carmen, on Calle Viena: a quiet, middle-class, residential road that happens to have, at one end, an insane monument engraved with the hammer and sickle: Leon Trotsky’s grave.