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Berenice Abbott : Changing New York
by Bonnie Yochelson and Berenice Abbott


Overview - Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) is one of this century's leading photographers. Her New York City images, especially the Changing New York project of 1935-39, have come to define Depression-era New York. In a landmark event, The New Press is publishing the definitive study of Abbott's WPA project.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) is one of this century's leading photographers. Her New York City images, especially the Changing New York project of 1935-39, have come to define Depression-era New York. In a landmark event, The New Press is publishing the definitive study of Abbott's WPA project. The book features over 300 duotones, more than 200 of which have never before been published together. Arranged geographically in eight sections, Berenice Abbott: Changing New York traces the photographer's New York City odyssey. The 307 duotone plates are accompanied by 113 variant images, line drawings, and period maps, as well as an explanatory text, which explores Abbott's compositional choices, her artistic and historical preoccupations, as well as the history of New York.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781565843776
  • ISBN-10: 1565843770
  • Publisher: New Pr
  • Publish Date: July 2008
  • Page Count: 399


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Between 1935 and 1939, working for the Federal Art Project, Berenice Abbott photographed a city growing and changing with all the fervor that still lends New York its mythic stature. Bonnie Yochelson, who was Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Musem of the City of New York, created "Berenice Abbott: Changing New York" (The New Press, $60, 1565843770) out of the archives of that institution.

Yochelson sets the stage with a long and vivid introduction. Then come the photographs - hundreds of beautiful prints of New York that, despite the Depression, radiates the allure that has always made it seem like the true capitol of America.

The photographs range from the towers of the financial district seen through the rigging of a ship to office workers scurrying at Fifth Avenue and 44th, from a gasoline station in the Bronx to the view under the Second Avenue El. Families sit on stoops in Brooklyn; bankers tool toward Wall Street. There are extensive historical notes in the back.

This book is for lovers of photography, of architecture, of New York, of history. And it's for anyone who has walked the streets of New York and thought, "This place is half Gomorrah and half Disneyland. It's exactly how a city should be."

Reviewed by Michael Sims.

 
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