Artist of the moment…..photographer Berenice Abbott

Berenice Abbott was a wonderful American photographer born in Springfield, Ohio in the year 1898. Abbott was renown for working with black and white photographs of the New York City. For her collegiate studies Abbott attended Ohio State University. She then moved to New York and studied with Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp. Abbott would eventually be an assistant to Man Ray in his Paris studio.

Abbott studied sculpture for two years in France and Germany.

Published some photographs to help high school physics students learn how a ball bounces with a diminishing arc.

A large influence on Abbott was the photographer Eugene Atgets. Upon Atget’s death Abbott even purchased several negatives and formed a book that celebrated the work of her idol.

In 1929 she visited New York City for the first time whilst looking for a publisher for her book about Atget’s photography.

First became involved with photography in 1919, and to quote her own words took to photography like a duck takes to water!

Man Ray allowed her the full use of his studio so that she could take her photographs.

1926, first solo exhibition of works in Paris.

Below a montage of photographs by Berenice Abbott.

In this fantastic clip we see Abbott’s work of New York as a modern photographer revisits the same locations decades later!

Berenice Abbott passed away in 1991 at the age of 93 years old.

price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 and $40,000.

Be sure and check my other post on my favorite artist’s who have captured New York City including Raphaella Spence and Andy Warhol.


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