Color photograph of a man with a pipe in his mouth standing next to plants in pallets with a sign that says "Pre-Nursery"

Untitled (44UN-7978-552), Ghana, 1958

Todd Webb

Archival pigment print

Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive L2020.85.30

Not on View

Webb paid close attention to the dynamics of colonial power within each of the nations he documented for his United Nations commission, often capturing images of uniformed officials—both white and Black—performing their roles in the expansion of industrialized agriculture and trade. This portrait of an unnamed young man in khakis, a pipe clenched in his mouth, is staged at a nursery to demonstrate Euro-American interests in—and influence upon—agriculture in Ghana and other African nations.

Image: In Copyright. Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive

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