Tarascan Indian woman preparing food for Pal Sunday Fiesta on the second class b...


Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop


Tarascan Indian woman preparing food for Pal Sunday Fiesta on the second class bus plaza in Patzcuaro, Michocan, Mexico

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 depicts a woman making food in Patzcuaro, a large town located in the state of Michoacan in Mexico. It was initially the capital of the Tarascan state, in pre-Columbian Mexico. It was founded in the early 14th century, and was taken over by the Spanish in 1530. It became Michoacan in 1543. Patzcuaro is included in the UN's list of 100 Historic World Treasure Cities. The Day of the Dead celebrations in this area are well-known.

Place Made

Patzcuaro, Mexico


Webb, Todd

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Medium and Materials

Gelatin silver print

Inscription and Marks

verso: [green ink] Tarascan Indian Woman Preparing Food For Palm Sunday Fiesta on the Second Class Bus Plaza in Patzcuaro, Michocan, Mexico 1966 verso: [print sale label] Photographic Studies Workshop Print Sale Todd Webb 25 verso: [pencil] 82:091:1


image: 34 cm x 26.5 cm
overall: 34.7 cm x 27.3 cm x 2 cm

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20th Century Photography

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Black and White

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gelatin silver

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bus plaza

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Palm Sunday

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Print sale

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