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Berenice Abbott

Gunsmith's Shop, NYC, 1937

Born in Springfield, OH (1898-1991)

Known for:
"Changing New York" A Federal Works Project documenting NY in the 1930s.
Rescued Eugene Atget's glass plate negatives for Museum of Modern Art.

Most Popular Images:
"New York at Night", "Wall Street", "James Joyce Portrait".

Did you know ... ?
• Berenice Abbott worked as Man Ray’s assistant in Paris.
• In 1936, Abbott joined with Paul Strand to establish the Photo League.

“The more you do, the more you realize there is to do, what a vast subject the metropolis is, and how the work of photographing it could go on forever.”

General Format:
7 1/2” x 9”, 8” x 10”, 16” x 20" silver gelatin prints.

How many photographs exist?
1980 portfolios in editions of 100. About 200 "NY at Night". Others are 50 or less.


How are the photographs printed and signed?
Either au verso (back of photograph) or au recto (front of photograph), or both.

A few vintage photographs are available. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

Technical Information:
Abbott did studies of her subjects with a hand-held camera then came back with an 8” x 10” camera to take the final photograph.

Berenice Abbott’s New York I, II, III, IV, V. Produced in 1980-1982. Large Format.

Books - In Print:
Berenice Abbott: Changing New York, The Complete WPA Project.

A good selection of photographs by Bernice Abbott is available.

Price History:
1975: $300
1985: $1,000-$10,000
1995: $2,000-$20,000

Statue Shop, NYC, 1935

Authenticity is guaranteed. Prices and availability are subject to change without prior notice.

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