Untitled (44UN-8001-496), Somaliland (Somalia), 1958
Archival pigment print
Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive L2020.85.76
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Documenting urban life throughout his journey was important to Webb, as such images would bolster the United Nations’ aim to show a “modernizing” continent. This photograph of a fashionably dressed man crossing the street in Mogadishu conveys an urbanity likely to appeal to viewers in the Global North, while suggesting the Somali capital’s connections to a global economy and related businesslike dress codes.
Image: In Copyright. Courtesy of the Todd Webb Archive