We are happy to announce that a second edition of I SEE A CITY: Todd Webb's New York has just been released by Thames & Hudson. In honor of this, we have put together a viewing room of some of our favorite New York images as well as a selection of those we think deserve more attention.
"I See a City: Todd Webb’s New York shows an upbeat, down-market post–World War II Manhattan, filled with sidewalk vendors and one-story sheds and hand-painted signs. . . . His pictures present a vividly comestible pedestrian- eye view, one that invites you to walk into that pawnshop, take a seat on that streetcar."
― New York Times Book Review
Webb didn’t need people in his pictures to show the presence of life. “I have an intense interest in and feeling for people,” he wrote in one of his journals. “Often, I find subject matter with no visible persons to be more peopled than the crowded street scene. Every window, doorway, street, building, every mark on a wall, every sign, has a human connotation.” Thus his profound engagement with shop windows, and signage, and even the peeling and fading posters clinging tenaciously to forgotten walls, fragments of urban archaeology redolent of hopes and dreams.
- Daniel Okrent