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Oral history interview with Todd Webb, 1990 September 4-1992 May 22

view Oral history interview with Todd Webb, 1990 September 4-1992 May 22 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Webb, Todd, 1905-2000
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.
Subject:
Adams, Ansel Easton
Callahan, Harry M. (Harry Morey)
O'Keeffe, Georgia
Stieglitz, Alfred
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 57 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 32 min.
Summary:
An interview of Todd Webb conducted 1990 September 4-1992 May 22, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Webb speaks of his childhood in Detroit and Ontario, Canada; friendship with photographer Harry Callahan and the influence of a course by Ansel Adams on them both; service as a Navy photographer in World War II; development of a close friendship with Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe during the late 1940s; photographic assignments with FORTUNE magazine for Standard Oil Company under Roy Stryker, and in England and France under Rene Leonhardt, a photo agency; writing and photographic essays on the American West; assignments in 1960s for the United Nations; sale, in the 1970s, of negatives and work to date to the collector George Rinhart; residence in Maine; and his frequent travels.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Todd Webb, 1990 September 4-1992 May 22. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding:
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note:
Todd Webb (1905-2000) was a photographer and writer from Bath, Maine. Born Charles Clayton Webb III, in Detroit, Michigan, in 1905. Studied with Ansel Adams.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Documentary photography
Interviews
Photographers
Photography, Artistic
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12229
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214732
AAA_collcode_webb90
Theme:
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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