Berenice Abbott, ‘Newsstand, Southwest Corner of 32nd Street and Third Avenue, November 19’, 1935, Heritage Auctions
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Berenice Abbott

Newsstand, Southwest Corner of 32nd Street and Third Avenue, November 19, 1935

Gelatin silver, printed later
7 1/2 × 9 1/2 in
19.1 × 24.1 cm
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Condition Report: Dry mounted in to a windowed mat measuring 17 x 14 inches; a few light handling …

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Signed in pencil mount recto; titled and dated in pencil with the artist's 'Abbott, Maine' stamp mount verso
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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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Condition Report: Dry mounted in to a windowed mat measuring 17 x 14 inches; a few light handling creases and surface scratches, most noticeable in raking light; upper left and lower bottom edges are lightly bumped with a small amount of loss; a few pinpoint spots of discoloration to the mount.

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Signed in pencil mount recto; titled and dated in pencil with the artist's 'Abbott, Maine' stamp mount verso
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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

Newsstand, Southwest Corner of 32nd Street and Third Avenue, November 19, 1935

Gelatin silver, printed later
7 1/2 × 9 1/2 in
19.1 × 24.1 cm
Bidding closed
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