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Berenice Abbott


PhotoUtopia Intro: Bernice Abbott is a woman of many careers; early on she left America to spend time in Paris where she was assistant to Man Ray; here she also bought the negatives from the estate of Eugene Atget, she would devote a lot of time to printing and championing the work of Atget, and is largely responsible for the high esteem in which he is now held. Her own work has two high points in my opinion, first her absorbing portrayal of New York at a time of great change. These candid pictures depict the relationship between the rapidly developing modern metropolis and the daily lives of those people that where bringing about this change, a change that it is obvious Abbott did not agree with, although her images are often majestic, there is something foreboding in the way she chooses to juxtapose the new monolithic buildings with those that inhabit the streets. Later in life she would produce some stunning images whilst working for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,y illustrating physical and mathematical principles.

WikipediaBerenice Abbott (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991) born Bernice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s.

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