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Berenice ABBOTT

Springfield, Ohio, United States of America 1898 – Monson, Maine, United States of America 1991

Greyhound bus terminal 1936
Collection Title: Berenice Abbott's New York, portfolio III
Title Notes: Taken 14 July 1936. 244-248 West 34th Street, Middle West Side.
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 39.2 h x 49.3 w cm mount 61.0 h x 76.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1979
Accession No: NGA 80.355.2

Abbott spent the 1920s in Paris where she came across the work ofEugène Atget. For more than thirty years Atget had documented the city, photographing it as it was transformed into a modern metropolis. Abbott returned to New York in 1929 and was astounded by the rapid transformation that the city had undergone. Using Atget’s monumental study of Paris as a model, she set out with a large format camera, photographing new buildings alongside the old. She strongly believed that, to have merit, photography must align itself to the real and historical, not the imagination.

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