Berenice Abbott - West Street, New York
Berenice Abbott
West Street, New York
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938, Printed 1979
16 x 20 inches, Mounted on Board 24 x 30 inches
Photographer’s signature and # 51/60, in pencil on mount's recto and hand stamp on mount's verso
Berenice Abbott - New York at Night
Berenice Abbott
New York at Night
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1932, printed 1970s
13 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches, mounted on 20 x 16 inches board

Abbott's signature, in pencil, on recto, and with her "Abbott, Maine" hand stamp on mount verso.

Berenice Abbott - Sumner Healey Antique Shop
Berenice Abbott
Sumner Healey Antique Shop, 942 Third Avenue and 57th Street, Manhattan
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, Printed 1979
19 1/4 x 15 5/8 inches, Mounted on Board 30 x 24 inches
Signed lower right and numbered 9/60 on lower left recto
Berenice Abbott - Rope Store, South Street and James Slip
Berenice Abbott
Rope Store, South Street and James Slip, Manhattan
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, Printed 1979
15 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches, Mounted on Board 24 x 30 inches
Signed lower right and numbered 9/60 on lower left recto
Berenice Abbott - Lyric Theater
Berenice Abbott
Lyric Theater
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, Printed Later
10 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches, mounted on 16 x 20 inches board

Signed and editioned 44/60 in pencil on recto

Berenice Abbott - Fourth Avenue, No. 154, Brooklyn
Berenice Abbott
Fourth Avenue, No. 154, Brooklyn
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, Printed 1979
15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches, Mounted on 24 x 30 inches board
Signed lower right and numbered 51/60 on lower left recto
Berenice Abbott - Tri-boro Barber School, 264 Bowery, New York
Berenice Abbott
Tri-boro Barber School, 264 Bowery, New York
Silver Gelatin Photograph
23 x 18 1/2 inches, Mounted on 36 x 30 inches board

Signed and numbered 3/40 in pencil on mount’s recto; Parasol Press "Retrospective" portfolio hand stamp on mount’s verso.

Berenice Abbott - Department of Docks and Police Station, Pier
Berenice Abbott
Department of Docks and Police Station, Pier
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936
18 1/2 x 22 3/4 inches, mounted on 30 x 36 board

Signed and numbered 3/40 in pencil on mount’s recto; Parasol Press "Retrospective" portfolio hand stamp on mount’s verso.

Berenice Abbott - Rothman's Pawn Shop, 149 Eighth Avenue
Berenice Abbott
Rothman's Pawn Shop, 149 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938, Printed 1979
19 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches, Mounted on Board 30 x 24 inches
Signed lower right and numbered 9/60 on lower left recto
Berenice Abbott - Rope Store, Peerless Equipment Co
Berenice Abbott
Rope Store, Peerless Equipment Co., 189 South Street, Manhattan
SIlver Gelatin Photograph
1938, Printed 1979
15 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches, Mounted on Board 24 x 30 inches
Signed lower right and numbered 51/60 on lower left recto.
Berenice Abbott - Poultry Shop, East 7th Street
Berenice Abbott
Poultry Shop, East 7th Street, New York
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1935-36, Printed 1979
19 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches, Mounted on Board 30 x 24 inches
Signed lower right and numbered 51/60 on lower left recto
Berenice Abbott - Gambetta Snuff Shop, 113 Division Street
Berenice Abbott
Gambetta Snuff Shop, 113 Division Street, Manhattan
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938, Printed 1979
19 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches, Mounted on Board 30 x 24 inches
Signed lower right and numbered 9/60 on lower left recto.
Berenice Abbott - Gunsmith and Police Department, 6 Centre Market Place
Berenice Abbott
Gunsmith and Police Department, 6 Centre Market Place, Manhattan
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1937, Printed 1979
15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches, Mounted on Board 24 x 30 inches
Signed lower right and AP Artist Proof on lower left recto
Berenice Abbott - Church of God, 25 East 132nd Street, NY
Berenice Abbott
Church of God, 25 East 132nd Street, NY
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1936-1937, printed later
7 3/4 x 9 5/8 inches
Abbott's Federal Art Project "Changing New York" hand stamp with the title, address, date, and negative number, in pencil, on verso.
Berenice Abbott - August Pingpank Barber Shop
Berenice Abbott
August Pingpank Barber Shop
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938, Printed 1979
20 x 16 inches, Mounted on Board 30 x 24 inches
Print made in 1979. Signed lower right and numbered 9/60 on lower left recto.
Berenice Abbott - Treasury Building, New York
Berenice Abbott
Treasury Building, New York
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1935, Printed 1979
20 x 16 inches, Mounted on Board 30 x 24 inches
Photographer’s signature, in pencil on mount's recto and handstamp on mount's verso
Berenice Abbott - Route 1 Near Baltimore, MD
Berenice Abbott
Route 1 Near Baltimore, MD
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1950s
10 x 8 inches
PHOTO Reseachers stamp and dated 1957 on print's verso
Berenice Abbott - Danforth, Maine
Berenice Abbott
Danforth, Maine
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1950s
10 x 8 inches
Photograph's credit stamp and PHOTO Reseachers label on print's verso
Berenice Abbott - Country Store on Rte. 1 Near Calais - Maine
Berenice Abbott
Country Store on Rte. 1 Near Calais - Calais, Maine
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1950s
9 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches
PHOTO Reseachers label on print's verso
Berenice Abbott - Louisburg Square - Boston, MA
Berenice Abbott
Louisburg Square - Boston, MA
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1950s
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
PHOTO Reseachers label on print's verso
Berenice Abbott - Gasoline Station, Tremont Avenue and Dock Street
Berenice Abbott
Gasoline Station, Tremont Avenue and Dock Street, Bronx
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, Printed 1979
19 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches, Mounted on 30 x 24 inches board
Signed lower right and AP Artist Proof on lower left recto
Berenice Abbott - South Street with Brooklyn Bridge
Berenice Abbott
South Street with Brooklyn Bridge, Pier 21, Pennsylvania Railroad, Manhattan
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1937, Printed 1979
16 x 20 inches, Mounted on Board 24 x 30 inches
Signed lower right and annotated AP on lower left recto
Berenice Abbott - El, 9th. Avenue, NYC
Berenice Abbott
El, 9th. Avenue, NYC
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, printed c. 1936
10 x 8 inches

Abbott's "50th. Commerce St." stamp and hand written title and notations on print's verso.

Berenice Abbott - Tempo of the City II
Berenice Abbott
Tempo of the City II
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938, Printed 1977
13 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches, mounted on 20 x 16 inches board

Signed on mount's recto. Abbott's copyright stamp on mount's verso.

Berenice Abbott - Pennsylvania Station
Berenice Abbott
Pennsylvania Station
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, Printed 1979
23 x 18 inches

Print made in 1979. Signed lower right and numbered 13/40 on lower left recto.

Berenice Abbott - Manhattan Skyline II
Berenice Abbott
Manhattan Skyline II
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph
1937
9 5/8 x 8 inches

Abbott's Federal Art Project "Changing New York" hand stamp with the title, date, location, and numeric notations, in ink, on verso.

Berenice Abbott - Broadway to the Battery from the Irving Trust Company Build
Berenice Abbott
Broadway to the Battery (from the Irving Trust Company Building)
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938
9 5/8 x 7 inches

Abbott's Federal Art Project "Changing New York" hand stamp with the title, date, location, and numeric notations, in ink, on verso.

Berenice Abbott - West Street, New York-TB
Berenice Abbott - Sumner Healey Antique Shop-TB
Berenice Abbott - Rope Store, South Street and James Slip-TB
Berenice Abbott - Rothman's Pawn Shop, 149 Eighth Avenue-TB
Berenice Abbott - Rope Store, Peerless Equipment Co-TB
Berenice Abbott - Poultry Shop, East 7th Street-TB
Berenice Abbott - Gambetta Snuff Shop, 113 Division Street-TB
Berenice Abbott - Gunsmith and Police Department, 6 Centre Market Place-TB
Berenice Abbott - Treasury Building, New York-TB
Berenice Abbott - Route 1 Near Baltimore, MD-TB
Berenice Abbott - Danforth, Maine-TB
Berenice Abbott - Country Store on Rte. 1 Near Calais - Maine-TB
Berenice Abbott - Louisburg Square - Boston, MA-TB
Berenice Abbott - Gasoline Station, Tremont Avenue and Dock Street-TB
Berenice Abbott - South Street with Brooklyn Bridge-TB

Berenice Abbott is a seminal figure of 20th century photography that is renowned not only for her images of 1930s New York City, but also for her diverse oeuvre shooting disparate genres. Having a remarkable clarity of vision, Abbott’s consistently strong work is objective and realist. Her early contributions to the medium of photography and ideas regarding its role in the fine arts can be summed up in her words, “Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.”

Abbott had set her earlier sights on a photojournalistic career until she decided to leave her native Ohio and visit New York City. It was there that she was exposed to the Bohemian lifestyle and decided to become an artist. Abbott worked in sculpture for a short time, and spent time in Paris and Berlin trying to pursue her artistic career. But in 1925, she was hired by Man Ray to work in his photography studio and he tutored her in his style. Though she knew nothing of the technique of photography, she quickly developed a natural aptitude. In 1928 she exhibited her work in the Independent Salon of Photographers, alongside Andre Kertesz and Man Ray. Her early photographs were straightforward. In the 1930s, influenced by Eugene Atget’s documentary, “The Lost Paris of the 19th Century,” Abbott continued this straightforward style in her documentary, large format photographs of the evolving metropolis of New York with a series entitled “Changing Times – New York,” all the while running her own portrait studio.

One of Abbott’s greatest accomplishments was her committed and persistent will to preserve the oeuvre of photographer Eugene Atget. Abbott had been deeply inspired by Atget’s work and befriended him towards the end of his life. When Abbott returned to New York City in the 1930’s it was a time of great change in America. The “old New York” was being cleared away to make room for a city of skyscrapers. The identity of neighborhoods and small businesses were changing and the city was quickly being redefined. Just as Atget was in love with the late 19th century Paris – and his mission was to document those parts of the city that were being cleared away for early 20th century modernization; Abbott’s mission was to preserve what was being ‘lost‘ in New York City. The “Changing Times - New York” project was extraordinarily hard to realize because she was trying to procure funds to make the work during the great depression. After exhausting her own funds, and being turned down all the wealthy patrons that she solicited, it was only through the assistance of governmental agencies that she was able to complete this wonderful project. Abbott leaves behind a great legacy. Her pictures of New York in the 1930s are considered the most important photographic documentation of any American city.

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