Collection: Berenice Abbott

Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past - Berenice Abbott

Berenice Abbott (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991), née Bernice Alice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her portraits of between-the-wars 20th-century cultural figures, New York City photographs of architecture and urban design of the 1930s, and science interpretation in the 1940s-1960s.

In 1935, Abbott was hired by the Federal Art Project (FAP) as a project supervisor for her "Changing New York" project. She continued to take the photographs of the city, but she had assistants to help her both in the field and in the office. This arrangement allowed Abbott to devote all her time to producing, printing, and exhibiting her photographs. By the time she resigned from the FAP in 1939, she had produced 305 photographs that were then deposited at the Museum of the City of New York. Abbott's project was primarily a sociological study embedded within modernist aesthetic practices. She sought to create a broadly inclusive collection of photographs that together suggest a vital interaction between three aspects of urban life: the diverse people of the city; the places they live, work and play; and their daily activities. It was intended to empower people by making them realize that their environment was a consequence of their collective behavior (and vice versa). Moreover, she avoided the merely pretty in favor of what she described as "fantastic" contrasts between the old and the new, and chose her camera angles and lenses to create compositions that either stabilized a subject (if she approved of it), or destabilized it (if she scorned it).{https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berenice_Abbott}.

This collection features photographs taken during the period she worked for the FPA. 

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Bread Store, 229 Bleecker Street by Berenice Abbott
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Hot Dog Stand, West St. and North Moore, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Blossom Restaurant, 103 Bowery, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Automat, 977 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Radio Row, Cortlandt Street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Under Riverside Drive Viaduct 125th St. at 12th Ave. by Berenice Abbott
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Watuppa, from water front, Brooklyn, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Herald Square, 34th and Broadway, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Firehouse, Battery, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Tempo of the City: I. Fifth Avenue and 44th Street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Henry Street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Newsstand, 32nd Street and Third Avenue, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Whelan's Drug Store, 44th Street and Eighth Avenue, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Flatiron building, 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Old Post Office with Trolley - II, Park Row and Broadway, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Manhattan Skyline: I. South Street and Jones Lane, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
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Wrought Iron Ornament, 112-114 West 11th Street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Bread Store, 229 Bleecker Street by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Manhattan Skyline: I. South Street and Jones Lane, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Herald Square, 34th and Broadway, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Henry Street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Williamsburg Bridge, South Eighth and Berry Streets, Brooklyn by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Radio Row, Cortlandt Street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Blossom Restaurant, 103 Bowery, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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McSorley's Ale House, 15 East 7th Street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Whelan's Drug Store, 44th Street and Eighth Avenue, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Brooklyn Bridge, Pier 21, Pennsylvania Railroad, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Tempo of the City: I. Fifth Avenue and 44th Street by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Pike and Henry Streets, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott, Framed Art Print
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Billie's Bar, 56th Street and First Avenue, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Pawn Shop, 48 Third Avenue, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Watuppa, from water front, Brooklyn, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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from $70.00 to $175.00
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$175.00
Old Post Office with Trolley - II, Park Row and Broadway, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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from $70.00 to $155.00
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$155.00
Automat, 977 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Harlem Street: II. 422-424 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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Hot Dog Stand, West St. and North Moore by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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from $70.00 to $175.00
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$175.00
Herald Square, 34th and Broadway, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott Artblock
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from $70.00 to $175.00
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$175.00