In 1946, Todd Webb moved to New York City and began photographing the city that he saw. Webb had been training his eye for nearly a decade. After buying a camera in 1938, he completed a workshop with famed photographer Ansel Adams in 1940 before shipping out to the South Pacific, where he served as a U.S. Navy photographer in the Second World War.
Webb brought his large-format camera and tripod with him around the city, photographing the everyday people and the built landscapes of New York. These photographs reached the public in his first exhibition, "I See a City," which opened in September 1946 at the Museum of the City of New York.
Seventy years after "I See A City," two exhibitions will open on April 20, 2017 to commemorate the life and work of Todd Webb. "A City Seen: Todd Webb's Postwar New York, 1945-1960" will be on display at the Museum of the City of New York until September 4. The Curator Gallery will feature Webb's work in "Down Any Street: Todd Webb's NYC Photographs 1945-1960," through May 20.