Sixth Avenue South, August1946 by Todd Webb

...Webb's greatest photo, however, was staged in a very deliberate and and calculated way. This was Sixth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Street. Webb took eight separate pictures, documenting an entire city block. He had to ensure that he photographed an entire car or let traffic pass and then take the picture. The eight separate frames were developed into a single image.

This spectacular photo is too big to present in a blog like Art Eyewitness. A similar one frame picture of Sixth Ave does give an idea of the panoramic, eight frame version. The effort that went into creating these life-pulsing images of modern day city life was extraordinary - and so is the effect of looking at it
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