Black and white image of a doorway with 491 on it; graffiti on the wall to the right

Untitled (44UN-T1-R3-658), Zanzibar (Tanzania), 1958

Todd Webb

Archival pigment print

Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive L2020.85.50

On View in Gallery 365

This moody photograph of a doorway and graffitied wall—accumulated layers of street life and art over time—captures the atmosphere of a town on the island of Zanzibar (now part of Tanzania). Webb honed his skills as a street photographer in New York and Paris, creating memorable scenes of everyday life in each dynamic city. Although this photograph shows no actual people, the figures on the wall are reminders of their impact upon the built environment.

Image: In Copyright. Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive

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