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Berenice Abbott

Berenice Abbott

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By the time of her death at the age of 93, Abbott’s diverse body of work had earned her a place as one of the greatest American photographers.

Although she was born in the US, it was in Paris that Berenice Abbott’s lifelong passion for photography was forged. She first took up the art while working as an assistant to Man Ray, but soon left to set up her own studio, where she photographed the leading lights of Paris’s literary and artistic circles, including James Joyce and Jean Cocteau. She also met and was inspired by the great photographer Eugene Atget. On her return to her homeland, Abbott began her major project, Changing New York, in which she documented the interaction between the city’s dramatic architecture and its people in a series of remarkable images that made her name. 

Photofile:

This series brings together the best work of the world’s greatest photographers, in an attractive format at an affordable price. Handsome and collectible, this series is produced to the highest standards. Each volume contains some sixty full-page reproductions, a critical introduction, and a full bibliography. the series was awarded the first annual prize for distinguished photographic books by the International Center of Photography, New York.

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