Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

View from Empire State Building
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Todd Webb (1905-2000) was discharged from the US Navy in 1945. Before fighting in the war, Todd had worked as a stockbroker, a field in which he’d enjoyed notable success til losing all his money in the 1920s crash, prospected for gold in California and Panama, and worked as a forest ranger.

In the 1930s whilst working for Chrysler in his native Detroit he joined the Chrysler Camera Club. A workshop class with Ansel Adams stoked his interest in photography. And so it was that after the war he picked up his camera and in search of anew life headed to New York City.

There he “nurtured a friendship with Alfred Stieglitz”, whom he met in 1942, and his wife, the hymned artist Georgia O’Keeffe. She introduced Tood to Beaumont Newhall – in 1946 Newhall curated an exhibition of Todd’s photographs for The Museum of The City of New York: I See A City.

“Life goes on about me, and I am a living breathing part of it. I feel things, the people, the buildings, the streets, and I have something to say about them and my medium is photography,” he said.

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125th Street, Harlem
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

3rd Avenue El looking south from Fulton Street Station
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

East 7th Street
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Fulton Fish Market wharf
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Tenements and Graveyard from Chatham Square El Station
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

125th Street, Harlem. Whisk broom salesman
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

The Battery, New York
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

3rd Avenue from 42nd Street El Station
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Maise, Queen of the Bowery
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

125th Street and Broadway, Harlem
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

10th Street, NYC
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Sixth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Sixth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Sixth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Sixth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Suffolk and Hester Streets
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Third Avenue and Bowery
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Times Square sign painter
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Greenwich Village
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Mott Street
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Third Avenue
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Orchard Street
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Amsterdam Avenue near 125th Street
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

37th Street
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Sixth Avenue
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

La Salle Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Harlem
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

A Park Avenue storefront church in Harlem
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Near Fulton Fish Market
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Mr. Perkins’ Pierce Arrow, Harlem
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

A whisk broom salesman on 125th Street
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Third Avenue billboards
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Looking southeast from the Empire State Building
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

“Welcome home” signs on Third Avenue
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Amsterdam Avenue, near 125th Street
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

A soldier getting a shoe shine on 125th Street
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

A Third Avenue corset shop
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

Tenements flattened for new housing projects on 113th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb
Wonderful Photos Of Postwar New York City In 1946 By Todd Webb

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