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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.
Sources:

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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