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Guide to the Todd Webb photographs, 1948-1979, bulk 1948-1951

Summary

Collection consists of 25 gelatin silver prints of images taken in France by noted American photographer Todd Webb. The majority were taken from 1948 to 1951, with some from the 1970s, on the streets of Paris, particularly in the Latin Quarter, with other images from small towns and rural areas in Provence and one from Le Cannet, on the French Riviera. Subjects include streets, storefronts, squares, restaurants, outdoor advertising, doorways, and other city scenes, some with pedestrians and other figures. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11701
Title
Todd Webb photographs
Date
1948-1979
Extent
1 Linear Feet, 1 box
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Content Description

Collection consists of 25 gelatin silver prints of images taken in France by noted American photographer Todd Webb. The majority were taken from 1948 to 1951, with some from the 1970s, on the streets of Paris, particularly in the Latin Quarter, with other images from small towns and rural areas in Provence and one from Le Cannet, on the French Riviera. Subjects include streets, storefronts, squares, restaurants, doorways, outdoor advertising, and other city scenes, some with pedestrians and other figures. Paper sizes are 8.5 x 11 and 11x14 inches. Image dimensions are noted for each print entry. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order according to image date marked on print verso.

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warning Access to the Collection

Collection is open for research. Images may only be used for educational, non-commercial purposes; any other use requires the photographer's permission.

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Todd Webb photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Paris, Provence, and Le Cannet, 1948-1979

25 prints, 8.5x11, 11x14 inches

Prints arranged in order by year, and within dates, by title.

Copyright statements, dates, original identifiers, and titles all were transcribed from information on the prints written in the photographer's hand.

There are two paper sizes: 11x14 and 8.5x11. Dimensions given indicate the image size.

4th Republic Restaurant, Rue Jacob, Paris, 1948
(Image size: 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches)

Original identifier: 45FR48-36

Copyright stamp: 1976

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0001
4th Republic Restaurant, Rue Jacob, Paris, 1948
(Image size: 12 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches)

Original identifier: 45FR48-36

Copyright stamp: 1976

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0002
Place du Tertre, Montmartre, 1948
(Image size: 12 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches)

Original identifier: 57FR48-16

Copyright stamp: 1976

View of Restaurant á la Mère Catherine.

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0003
Cour Mirabeau, Aix-En-Provence, 1949
(Image size: 12 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches)

Original identifier: 44FR49-8

Copyright stamp: 1976; printed 1978

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0004
Left Bank hotel, Paris, 1949
(Image size: 9 x 7 3/8 inches)

Original identifier: 810FR49-253

Copyright stamp: 1976, "Vintage"

A view of the courtyard, Hôtel d'Aubusson.

Box 2
Image RL.11701-P-0005
Place de la Contrascarpe, Paris, 1949
(Image size: 12 3/8 x 9 3/8 inches)

Original identifier: 44FR49-69

Copyright stamp: 1976, "Vintage"

Box 2
Image RL.11701-P-0006
Rue de Coulmiers near Square de Chatillon, Paris, 1949
(Image size: 7 1/2 x 9 inches)

Original identifier: 810FR45-205

Copyright stamp: 1976, "Vintage"

Box 2
Image RL.11701-P-0007
16th century door, Ile St. Louis, Paris, 1950
(Image size: 9 x 7 1/2 inches)

Original identifier: 810FR50-86

Copyright stamp: 1976, "Vintage print"

Box 2
Image RL.11701-P-0008
Paris, 1950
(Image size: 9 x 7 1/2 inches)

Original identifier: 810FR50-272

Copyright stamp: 1976, "Vintage"

Box 2
Image RL.11701-P-0009
Paris, 1950
(Image size: 9 x 7 1/2 inches)

Original identifier: 810FR50-209

Copyright stamp: 1976, "Vintage"

Outdoor wall advertising for Dubonnet, and below, smaller broadsides for movie cinemas.

Box 2
Image RL.11701-P-0010
Passage du Moulin Vert, Paris, 1950
(Image size: 9 x 7 1/2 inches)

Original identifier: 810FR50-85

Copyright stamp: 1976, "Vintage"

Box 2
Image RL.11701-P-0011
Passage du Moulin Vert, Paris, 1950
(Image size: 9 x 7 1/2 inches)

Original identifier: 810FR50-202

Copyright stamp: 1976, "Vintage"

Box 2
Image RL.11701-P-0012
Place de la Contrascarpe, Paris, 1950
(7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches)

Original identifier: 810FR50-297

Copyright stamp: 1976, "Vintage"

Seen in the image is the façade of the café, "Au Nègre joyeux."

Box 2
Image RL.11701-P-0013
Place St. Sulpice, Paris, 1950
(12 3/8 x 9 3/8 inches)

Original identifier: 45FR50-229

Copyright stamp: 1976

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0014
Rue Alésia, Paris, 1950
(Image size: 9 1/4 x 7 3/8 inches)

Original identifier: 810FR50-247

Features the restaurant "Au Bon Coin"

Box 2
Image RL.11701-P-0015
Rue des Plantes, Paris, 1950
(Image size: 9 x 7 3/8 inches)

Original identifier: 810FR50-282

Copyright stamp: 1976, "Vintage"

Box 2
Image RL.11701-P-0016
Tooth paste ad, Paris, 1950
(12 x 9 1/4 inches)

Original identifier: 45FR50-2A

Copyright stamp: 1976, "4/25"

Outdoor advertising on buildings in a street; includes a giant man's head advertising toothpaste, and political campaign posters.

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0017
Early Spring, Avenue du Maine, Paris, 1951
(9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches)

Original identifier: 45FR51-45

Copyright stamp: 1976

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0018
Rue des Plantes, Paris, 1951
(Image size: 9 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches)

Original identifier: 810FR51-292

Copyright stamp: 1976, "Vintage"

Box 2
Image RL.11701-P-0019
Road near St. Cecile, Provence, 1971
(12 1/4 x 9 3/8 inches)

Original identifier: 44FR71-89

Copyright stamp: 1976, "Vintage print"

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0020
Woman sewing, Bollene, Provence, 1971
(12 1/4 x 9 3/8 inches)

Original identifier: 44FR71-13

Copyright stamp: 1976

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0021
Elegant door, Arles, Provence, 1972
(12 1/4 x 9 3/8 inches)

Original identifier: 44FR72-8

Copyright stamp: 1976

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0022
Mathematician's house, Le Cannet, France, 1972
(12 1/4 x 9 3/8 inches)

Original identifier: 44FR72-39

Copyright stamp: 1976

Business sign on building: "Géomètre-expert," a professional surveyor.

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0023
Ville Neuve d'Avignon, Provence, 1972
(12 1/4 x 9 3/8 inches)

Original identifier: 44FR72-62

Copyright stamp: 1976

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0024
Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 1979 May
(11 7/8 x 10 1/2 inches)

Original identifier: 44FR79-22

Copyright stamp: 1979, "Vintage"

Box 1
Image RL.11701-P-0025
 

Historical Note

Todd Webb was a noted American photographer based in New York City and later, in Maine, where he passed away in 2000. Born in Detroit in 1905 as Charles Clayton Webb III, he spent his young adult years working in various jobs around the country, then turned to photography in the 1940s, studying and forming friendships with major photographers and artists such as Ansel Adams, Alfred Steiglitz, Georgia O'Keefe, Beaumont Newhall, and Roy Stryker. He moved to Paris in 1949, where he met his wife, and stayed there for the next four years, after which he returned to the U.S. to stay. Webb's photographs of New York and Paris are among his most well-known bodies of work, and his prints are found in the collections of major American art institutions.


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Provenance

The Todd Webb photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift from the Howard Greenberg Gallery in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed and described by Edward Coles and Paula Jeannet, February 2019.

Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2018-0186.

Other Notes

The 25 gelatin silver prints are titled, copyright stamped, signed, and dated by the photographer. Almost all bear a copyright date of 1976, likely the date of printing. Original identifiers are also marked on each print. Other markings include the Howard Greenberg Gallery's identifiers.