Color image of a bike with a basket filled with fruits leaned against a tree in a street scene; figures walk along the side walk

Untitled (44UN-7940-008), Tanganyika (Tanzania), 1958

Todd Webb

Archival pigment print

Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive L2020.85.72

On View in Gallery 365

The saturated greens and yellows in this street scene animate a brilliantly sunny day on Samora Avenue in Dar es Salaam. A man in a bright shirt, ripped pants, and traditional Swahili coast kofia (hat) strolls barefoot on the city sidewalk as he passes a similarly shoeless boy in school uniform to his far right, almost out of the frame. Behind him, a woman in Western-style dress appears to be running errands. While subtle, these variations in dress would have served Webb’s assignment to document cultural change for the United Nations.

Image: In Copyright. Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive

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