Color image of street scene; figures walk along the sidewalk; architecture in white with a minaret along the left side

Untitled (44UN-7921-003), Somaliland (Somalia), 1958

Todd Webb

Archival pigment print

Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive L2020.85.61

On View in Gallery 365

This photograph of the white minaret of the historic Arba’a Rukun Mosque framed against a blue sky and the Cinema Hamar, seen on the far right, provides a sense of the vibrancy of 1950s Mogadishu. The pedestrians, bikes, and cars, including the “Woody” station wagon (an automobile with a wood, rather than metal, exterior), provide visual context for modern life in the capital city.

Image: In Copyright. Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive

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