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by Gaëlle Morel

The American photographer Berenice Abbott (1898â?1991) is known best for her documentation of New York in the 1930s and for her efforts to gain recognition for the work of Eugène Atget in both Europe and the United States. This attractive book features 120 photographs and a series of rarely seen documents (including letters, book layouts, and periodicals), illuminating the three major periods of Abbott's career: her early work in the United States and Paris during the 1920s; her project Changing New York (1935â?39), created for the Federal Art Project; and her scientific pictures made between 1939 and 1961. By detailing Abbott's influences and production both home and abroad, Berenice Abbott underscores the photographer's role as one of the 20th century's most remarkable artists.

Abbott left the United States in 1921 to study sculpture in Paris, where she was hired by Man Ray in 1923 to be his assistant. She took to photography immediately and by 1926 had set up her own studio. She became famous for her photographs showing bohemian artistic and intellectual life in the city, but in 1929 she returned to the United States and set up a new studio. Her best-known and most influential work, Changing New York, represented both a vast exercise in recording the architecture and urban life of New York and an intensely personal artistic project. Her straightforward method of photography led to her being employed full-time in the 1950s by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston to produce pictures illustrating the laws of physics.

Download Berenice Abbott epub
ISBN: 0300182007
ISBN13: 978-0300182002
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Photography & Video
Author: Gaëlle Morel
Language: English
Publisher: Editions Hazan, Paris (May 22, 2012)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1662 kb
FB2 size: 1499 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 539
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Regardless of whether one is interested in photography or not this is a remarkable in depth, emotionally thrilling presentation of a life that serves as a beacon for anyone interested in how one's singular passion can create a rich life filled with ups and downs and crosswinds. In addition the historical backdrop is a vivid picture of the creative experimentation and explosion of the 20th century as well as the shifting cultural patterns.
Berenice is presented with her strengths and weaknesses and because of the authenticity of the author's presentation, her accomplishments in living and art are that much more appreciated.
Hang on, its a terrific yarn.
Really nicely printed book. Interesting look into the lives around her...and her own of course. Enjoying this book thoroughly (still reading). Terrific selection of work and fully illustrated.
This is a very thoughtfully edited book and much aided by beautiful reproduction quality. It's one of the best Berenice Abbott monographs I've seen.
No need to talk about the quality of Abbott's photography; she is one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. This book is absolutely amazing: excellent print quality (black and white photography adequately reproduced), nice paper for the purpose, and a strong selection of Abbott's work. Excellent book.