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Todd Webb : Detroit Family | 1941-1942


Todd Webb Archive was inspired to put together this online exhibition as a small gesture of solidarity with all those who have taken to the streets to protest in the past few weeks. In the early 1940’s, Todd Webb was living in Detroit and working for Chrysler. During his time at the company, he became friends with a co-worker by the name Harry Callahan. The two of them were both members of the company’s camera club, an affiliation that would lead them to take a workshop with Ansel Adams. Long story short, the ten day seminar with Adams proved to be a pivotal experience for the two men; a catalyst that changed the course of their lives and reverberates to this day in the annals of photographic history. Encouraged by Adams, Webb began to work with a large format camera, a shift that led to his early attempts at portraiture. The dozen images that follow represent Webb’s first foray into photographing people, something that would become one of his great strengths as an artist. According to his journal, the photographs depict a...

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