Color photograph of to women standing on the sidewalk to the right of a ruined building facade; a child walks to the left

Untitled (44UN-8001-500), Somaliland (Somalia), 1958

Todd Webb

Archival pigment print

Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive L2020.85.23

Not on View

Somali scholar and poet Ali Jimale Ahmed describes the context for Webb’s photograph of a street in Somaliland (Somalia), a region that experienced political tensions during the years leading to independence: “Held up by the political situation in and around Mogadishu, [Webb’s] photographs are taken in the vicinity of Shangani and Hamar Weyne districts. . . . Webb did manage to document contrasting views of the city [in this] photograph of the three women, who seem to share a space. The physical distance between them is palpable and axiomatic of the power differential; the well-dressed white women contrast starkly with the blurred image of the Somali. All three are standing in front of decaying buildings.”

Image: In Copyright. Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive

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