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Berenice Abbott

St. Mark's Church with skywriting, New York City, 1937

Gelatin silver
13 1/4 × 10 1/2 in
33.7 × 26.7 cm
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Condition Report: Dry mounted to board measuring 18 x 13-3/4 inches; two small spots of …

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Signed in pencil on mount recto; the photographer's 'Abbott, Maine' stamp on 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 to board measuring 18 x 13-3/4 inches; two small spots of discoloration to the lower right quadrant; otherwise, there do not appear to be any major visible condition issues.

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Photography
Signature
Signed in pencil on mount recto; the photographer's 'Abbott, Maine' stamp on mount verso.
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Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
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

St. Mark's Church with skywriting, New York City, 1937

Gelatin silver
13 1/4 × 10 1/2 in
33.7 × 26.7 cm
Bidding closed
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