Relatively unknown to anyone who is not a New York photography aficionado, Todd Webb shot countless captivating photographs of New York in the ‘40s and ‘50s.
Now, 70 years after his first exhibit at Museum of the City of New York, Webb is getting his second exhibition in conjunction with another at Curator Gallery. As a newly discharged Navy veteran, Webb (1905-2000) moved to New York in 1945 to dedicate a year to photographing the city. Armed with a large format camera and tripod, he worked relentlessly and the year turned into several decades. Webb’s images captured the city’s contrasts—from Midtown’s skyscrapers to the Lower East Side’s tenements, from high-powered businessmen in the Financial District to the remnants of old ethnic enclaves in Lower Manhattan.