Place Furstenbourg, Paris; Webb, Todd; 1949; 1982:0091:0004

From

Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop

Name/Title

Place Furstenbourg, Paris

About this object

Todd Webb was an American photographer who documented both architecture and everyday life, as well as the American West. He was born in Detroit in 1905, and spent his childhood in both Detroit and a Quaker community Ontario, Canada. Although there are mixed reports of what he did in the 1920's, they all agree that he worked in finance before becoming a prospector in California during the Great Depression. Following this, he returned to Detroit and worked for Chrysler before attempting to find gold in Panama. While in Panama, he began taking photographs, and joined the Detroit Camera Club. Here he studied under Harry Callahan and Ansel Adams. In 1945, he moved to New York City and began working as a professional photographer. It was at this time that he became friends with important individuals in the industry such as Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keefe, Beaumont Newhall, Berenice Abbott, Helen Levitt and Minor White. He began capturing street scenes, and had his first solo exhibition in 1946. He received various contracts to photograph throughout the United States and abroad, and published a book of photographs of Georgia O'Keefe. He then spent his last years in Maine with his wife, continuing to photograph, until he passed away in 2000 at the age of 94. His images have been collected by various major institutions, and an archive of his work exists in Maine.

This image is of the famed square, Place de Furstenberg, where Delacroix lived. It is known for its charm, and is the central island in a street with four planted paulownias (a flowering plant) and a five-globed street light.

Place Made

Paris, France

Maker

Webb, Todd

Maker Role

Photographer

Format

Mounted photograph

Date Made

1949

Medium and Materials

Gelatin silver print

Inscription and Marks

verso: [green ink] Place Furstenbourg Paris 1949 Todd Webb verso: [print sale label] Photographic Studies Workshop Print Sale Todd Webb PS-163 25 verso: [pencil] 82:091:4

Measurements

image: 24.1 cm x 18.9 cm
overall: 24.5 cm x 19.8 cm x 2 cm

Subject and Association Keywords

1960s

Subject and Association Keywords

20th Century Photography

Subject and Association Keywords

Black and White

Subject and Association Keywords

gelatin silver

Subject and Association Keywords

Paris

Subject and Association Keywords

France

Subject and Association Keywords

Square

Subject and Association Keywords

charming

Subject and Association Keywords

Delacroix

Subject and Association Keywords

paulownia

Subject and Association Keywords

Plants

Subject and Association Keywords

Flowers

Subject and Association Keywords

Street

Subject and Association Keywords

street light

Credit Line

Print sale

Object Type

Photograph

Object number

1982:0091:0004

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