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.”
Help us make our collections more accessible by providing keywords to describe this artwork. The BCMA uses the
Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus to
provide consistent keywords. Enter a keyword in the field below and you will be prompted with a list of possible matching AAT preferred terms.