By Julia Van Haaften
The definitive biography of the enduring twentieth-century American photographer Berenice Abbott, pioneering documentary modernist, writer, and inventor.
Berenice Abbott is to American images what Georgia O’Keeffe is to portray or Willa Cather to letters. Abbott’s sixty-year profession confirmed her not just as a grasp of yank images but additionally as a instructor, author, archivist, and inventor.
A teenage insurgent from Ohio, Abbott escaped to Paris—photographing, in Sylvia Beach’s phrases, “everyone who used to be anyone”—before returning to long island because the Roaring Twenties ended. She quickly fell in love with artwork critic Elizabeth McCausland, with whom she could spend thirty years of her existence. Abbott’s bestknown paintings, “Changing New York,” documented the city’s Thirties metamorphosis. She subsequent became to technology as an issue, culminating in paintings vital to America’s Nineteen Fifties “space race” with the Soviet Union.
This biography secures Abbott’s position within the histories of images and smooth paintings whereas framing her accomplishments as a feminine artist and entrepreneur.
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