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Berenice Abbott, H 1982

 
Berenice Abbott

19th-20th century American photographer
(Springfield, Ohio, 1898 - 1991, Monson, Maine)

Note: Abbott worked in Paris as a darkroom assistant to American Surrealist photographer Man Ray in 1923. Although she is responsible for bringing international recognition to the work of French photographer Eugène Atget, she is best known for her black and white photographs of New York in transition in the 1930s. American photographer. Berenice Abbott was born in 1898 in Springfield, Ohio. She moved to New York in 1918 and left the city for Europe in 1921. In 1923 she became involved in photography after securing a position as a darkroom assistant in Man Ray’s portrait studio in Montparnasse. A quick study, Man Ray soon allowed her to use his studio for her own work. After successfully exhibiting her work in Paris in the mid to latter 1920s, she returned to New York in the fall of 1929. An earlier visit that same year had left her captivated and "seized by a fantastic passion" to photograph the city during a time of immense change. She would stay for the next ten years and produce an exceptional, and now famous, body of work. Her photographs are included in many major museum collections throughout the world and are the subject of numerous monographs and scholarly works.

10 objects

John Sloan

1950
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase
1978.25
 

Yuban Warehouse

1934
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase, George Otis Hamlin Fund
1979.69
 

Gunsmith, 6 Centre Market Place, Manhattan

1937
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase
1986.104
 

Jean Cocteau

1926
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase
1987.9
 

Stevens House, Long Island City, New York

1937
gelatin silver print
Gift of Gilbert W. Einstein and Anne MacDougall
1987.55.1
 

Portrait of John Sloan

1945-1950
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase
1989.62
 

House of Robert Dudley, Miner, Ethel, W. V.

1935
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase, Helen Johnson Chase Fund
1993.42
 

Daily News Building, 42nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue

1935
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase, Gridley W. Tarbell II Fund
1994.16
 

Controlled Distortion (Self-Portrait)

1930
gelatin silver print
Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund
1998.6
 

Willow Place Nos. 43-49, Brooklyn

1936
photograph on paper
Gift, Joe Baio Collection of Photography
2018.43.1