Untitled (44UN-7960-596), Sudan, 1958
Archival pigment print
Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive L2020.85.34
Not on View
The long shadows cast here suggest that Webb photographed this man riding his bicycle on a main street in Kassala, which Webb described as “a center for the desert nomadic tribes of Sudan and surrounding countries,” in the early morning or late afternoon. This image presents a sense of the bright sunshine and environment in this arid setting, where the average high in May, when Webb was visiting, was 106 degrees (over 41° Celsius). Especially in the context of a nomadic, camel-utilizing society, bikes may have represented a more localized construct of “modernity” than the one imposed from outside.
Image: In Copyright. Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive