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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Todd Webb

Dates:  1905 - 2000
Born:  US
Active:  US / France
American photographer.
[Update: 25 May 2011]
Rights for the non-commercial photographs by Todd Webb are managed by:
Todd Webb Photographs
presented by Evans Gallery
225 Commercial Street, Suite 200
Portland, Maine 04101

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Todd Webb
American, 1905-2000

Todd Webb was born in 1905 in Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University of Toronto from 1924-25 and then worked as a stockbroker until the crash of 1929. Over the next few years he had a variety of jobs including gold prospector and a job with the U.S. Forestry Service. In 1933 he returned to Detroit and worked for Chrysler Motors. It is here that he and friend Harry Callahan joined the Chrysler Camera Club.
In 1941 Webb attended a 10 day workshop given by Ansel Adams. Between 1942 and 1945 he was a photographer in the Marines and he corresponded frequently with Alfred Stieglitz. In 1946 he worked as a freelance photographer in New York and worked with the Photo League. Using a 4 x 5 camera he photographed architecture, street scenes, and bridges. At this time he also had his first one man show. Between 1947-49 Webb worked with Roy Stryker and the Standard Oil Company before moving to Paris. In Paris he worked with magazines documenting the effects of the Marshall Plan. In 1953 Webb returned to New York with his wife, Lucille Minqueau, whom he met in Paris.
The Guggenheim Foundation gave Webb a grant in 1955 for a photo study on the itinerary of the pioneers across the United States. This study resulted in two books. Webb later became the photographer for the United Nations General Assembly and worked for the World Health Organization. In 1958 he spent eight months photographing the Sahara desert for African nations. In 1961 Webb and his wife went to visit Georgia O'Keefe in New Mexico and shortly after moved to Santa Fe. Here Webb published two more books. Webb spent the next several years traveling and sometimes lived for a short time in countries such as France and England. He moved to Maine in 1980. In 1979 Webb received an NEA grant and his work is in such collections as the Museums of Modern Art of New York and of Tokyo, Chicago Art Institute, and the Amon Carter Museum. For more information on Webb see Looking Back: Memoirs and Photographs by Todd Webb with forward by Michael Rowell.
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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

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The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 


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In the 1990 survey of 535 American photographic collections Todd Webb was represented in 45 of the collections. Source: Andrew H. Eskind & Greg Drake (eds.) 1990 Index to American Photographic Collections [Second Enlarged Edition] (Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall & Co.) 
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