Untitled (44UN-7982-128), Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), 1958
Archival pigment print
Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive L2020.85.40
Not on View
At first glance, this photograph of a South African–owned department store in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) appears to illustrate the dynamics of a burgeoning modern economy. However, the realities were more complex: the store provided essential commodities, but it diverted Black workers’ earnings from locally owned businesses, contributing to systemic policies that limited the economic prospects of non-white residents.
Image: In Copyright. Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive