Color image of a woman carrying a platter of bread on her head while she walks in front of a set of blue doors

Untitled (44UN-7907-001), Togoland (Togo), 1958

Todd Webb

Archival pigment print

Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive L2020.85.75

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In Lomé, Togoland, a woman walks past a blue door, carrying a stack of biscuit bread on her head. She is most likely an independent entrepreneur on her way to the market. In illuminating this balancing act, a record of female-owned, small-scale commerce, perhaps Webb suggests that through their daily labors such women balance more than the transport of their wares; instead, they stabilize whole familial ecosystems.

Image: In Copyright. Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive

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