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Berenice Abbott

Ewen Avenue, No. 2565. Spuyten Duyvil., 1935

Vintage silver gelatin photograph,
8 × 10 in
20.3 × 25.4 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
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The Old Print Shop, Inc.
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Good condition. Printed on heavy paper c.1935. Inscribed on verso "Ewen Ave, Spuyten Duyvil, …

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Good condition. Printed on heavy paper c.1935. Inscribed on verso "Ewen Ave, Spuyten Duyvil, NYC (Bar & Grill). : undated October 11, 1935. : [Neg. #] 8 : [Code] I.A.2."

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Stamped verso "Federal Art Project 'Changing New York' photographs by Berenice Abbott."
Berenice Abbott
American, 1898–1991
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Berenice Abbott is best known for her striking, black-and-white photographs of New York City buildings, which she photographed as though taking portraits. In the 1920s she served as a darkroom assistant to Man Ray in Paris (she had modeled for him earlier in New York), where she encountered such leading cultural voices of the day as James Joyce, Max Ernst, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. She found inspiration in the Parisian streetscapes of Eugène Atget, an influence that would carry into “Changing New York” (1935-38), her major body of work for the Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project. She strove to create objective photographs that stood on their own merit, rather than referencing other art forms. “Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium,” she said. “It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.”

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Good condition. Printed on heavy paper c.1935. Inscribed on verso "Ewen Ave, Spuyten Duyvil, …

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Good condition. Printed on heavy paper c.1935. Inscribed on verso "Ewen Ave, Spuyten Duyvil, NYC (Bar & Grill). : undated October 11, 1935. : [Neg. #] 8 : [Code] I.A.2."

Signature
Stamped verso "Federal Art Project 'Changing New York' photographs by Berenice Abbott."
Berenice Abbott
American, 1898–1991
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Berenice Abbott is best known for her striking, black-and-white photographs of New York City buildings, which she photographed as though taking portraits. In the 1920s she served as a darkroom assistant to Man Ray in Paris (she had modeled for him earlier in New York), where she encountered such leading cultural voices of the day as James Joyce, Max Ernst, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. She found inspiration in the Parisian streetscapes of Eugène Atget, an influence that would carry into “Changing New York” (1935-38), her major body of work for the Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project. She strove to create objective photographs that stood on their own merit, rather than referencing other art forms. “Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium,” she said. “It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.”

Berenice Abbott

Ewen Avenue, No. 2565. Spuyten Duyvil., 1935

Vintage silver gelatin photograph,
8 × 10 in
20.3 × 25.4 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
Sold
location
New York
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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