Color image of a scene on a pier; three men stand in a net suspended over the deck; one man looks down at his hat and the man in the foreground looks up and to the viewer's left

Untitled (44UN-7916-069), Togoland (Togo), 1958

Todd Webb

Archival pigment print

Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive L2020.85.64

Not on View

On May 5, 1958, Webb described watching this busy moment at the thriving seaport of Lomé, the main site of import and export commerce in Togo, as “Something I will never forget.” In the absence of a deepwater harbor (that would not be built until the 1960s), nets were used to move people and goods to flat-bottomed “lighters,” or barges, in order to transport them to large ships moored at a distance.

Image: In Copyright. Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive

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