Past Event: Todd Webb’s New York
Following World War II, Detroit-born Navy photographer Todd Webb moved to New York City and took pictures of the city’s residents, booming waterfront, and rising skyline. Webb’s pictures show a city alive with hope, industry, and peace. But what does it mean to capture the spirit of a city? And why has Webb’s oeuvre faded from public view compared to his peers? A panel of authors and curators examines the world of street photography in the 1940s and 50s -- and Webb’s legacy within it. Presented in conjunction with A City Seen: Todd Webb's Post War New York, 1945-1960.
Sid Kaplan, New York City street photographer and professor at the School of Visual Arts
Daniel Okrent, author of Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center (2004); contributor to a forthcoming book on Webb
Julia Van Haaften, independent curator and author of books about photography, including a forthcoming biography of Berenice Abbott
Sean Corcoran (moderator), curator of A City Seen: Todd Webb's Post War New York, 1945-1960