Oral history interview with Todd Webb

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.webb90
Creators:
Webb, Todd
Brown, Robert F.
Dates:
1990 September 4-1992 May 22
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
57 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
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.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
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.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 32 min.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photography, Artistic Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Documentary photography Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographers -- Maine -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Callahan, Harry M. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
O'Keeffe, Georgia , 1887-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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