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Todd Webb (American, 1905–2000)
LOT ID: 79665
Corner of 6th Ave. & 47th St., New York City, 1948

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
9.5 х 7.75 in. (24.13 x 19.68 cm.)
Stamped, Caption label affixed to verso: "New York City, Corner of Sixth Avenue and 47th Street with Rockefeller Center building in background." "Todd Webb, June 1948, 55183" inscribed on the verso. "Plase Credit Standard Oil Co. (NJ)" and "Not to be used for advertising purposes" stamped on verso.
Lot description
Vintage print.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1905, Webb decided to become a full-time photographer after participating in a workshop in Detroit in the 1940's given by the important American photographer Ansel Adams. Adams was impressed with Webb’s work and encouraged him to send examples of it to Alfred Stieglitz, the internationally recognized éminence grise of American photographers and longtime advocate of modern art, whose dedication to the promotion of the work of certain American modernists was well known: Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Paul Strand.

Beginning in the 1940's, Webb’s work was frequently exhibited at institutions such as the Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth, the Art Institute of Chicago, the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. More than twenty years after his Guggenheim Fellowships, Webb received a National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship in 1979.
Corner of 6th Ave. & 47th St., New York City by Todd Webb
  • Corner of 6th Ave. & 47th St., New York City by Todd Webb
  • Corner of 6th Ave. & 47th St., New York City by Todd Webb
  • Corner of 6th Ave. & 47th St., New York City by Todd Webb
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