Color photograph of a man using a push-type mower to mow grass inside a fence with electrical towers behind him

Untitled (44UN-8011-469), Tanganyika (Tanzania), 1958

Todd Webb

Archival pigment print

Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive L2020.85.42

Not on View

Webb’s photographs throughout the U.N. assignment, such as this one of a man mowing grass behind a chain-link enclosure at an electric transfer station in Tanganyika (Tanzania), contradict romantic, mythologized notions of the continent, depicting instead the large-scale industry he was commissioned to capture. Here, the metal fencing creates a literal barrier between photographer and subject. It also implicates the viewer in this power dynamic, in which consent by the subject remains ambiguous.

Image: In Copyright. Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive

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