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Image of Daily News Building, 42nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue 11366

1994.16

Artist

Berenice Abbott

Title

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

Creation Date

1935

Century

20th century

Dimensions

9 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (24.2 cm. x 19 cm.)

Object Type

photograph

Creation Place

North America, American

Medium and Support

gelatin silver print

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Gridley W. Tarbell II Fund

Copyright

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Accession Number

1994.16
One of the photographs in Berenice Abbott’s Changing New York series, done with the support of the Works Project Administration, this photograph both captures the rapidly changing skyline of the city as a whole and marks, through its title, the transformation of specific neighborhoods as well. As curator Andrea Rosen notes, the vertigo-inducing angle from which the photographer captured the new building—from the equally dizzying vantage point of the recently completed fifty-six-story Chanin Building—may deliberately reflect Abbott’s own fear of heights. As she observed later in her career: “While reality is the subject matter of the photographer, it follows that the knowledge of how far the camera can go, and the choice of subject, lead the photographer into the subjective. He cannot help equating the objective world with his self.”

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