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Paddio, Villard (circa 1894-1947) | Amistad Research Center

Name: Paddio, Villard (circa 1894-1947)

Historical Note: Villard Paddio was an African American photographer in New Orleans during the early 20th century. Born in the New Iberia/Lafayette area of Louisiana in the mid-1890s, he later settled in the Treme area of New Orleans, where he opened a photograph studio. A student of New Orleans photographer A.P. Bedou, many of Paddio's early photographs documented the city's African American citizens and organizations, as well as the jazz scene, including photographs of a young Louis Armstrong. Paddio disappeared, and was believed to have drown in the Mississippi River in 1947 after learning of personal medical problems.

Mouton, Girard P. III and Alma D. Williams. "The Eyes of Jazz." The Jazz Archivist. Vol. VI, no. 1 (May 1991), p. 10-11.

Willis, Deborah. Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present. New York: W.W. Norton, 2000, p. 40.

Note Author: Christopher Harter

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