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  Berenice Abbott - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Berenice Abbott [1] (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991) was an American photographer best known for her fl-and-white photography of the streetlife and architecture of New York City during the 1930s.
Abbott's photography became acknowledged much later in her career due her role in promoting Atget's work, which obscured the significance of her own.
Abbott was part of the straight photography movement, which stressed the importance of photographs being unmanipulated in both subject matter and developing processes.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Berenice_Abbott   (537 words)

 Berenice Abbott vintage photographs for sale
Abbott finally found support in 1935, from the Federal Art Project, a small part of the Works Progress Administration which was a federal government organization which funded a number of arts projects during the 1930s.
Abbott received an unexpected amount of publicity over the project and in 1937 the Museum of the City of New York, who also sponsored the project, exhibited 110 of Changing New York?s best photographs.
Berenice Abbott?s images capture the essence of Depression-era New York and make her one of America?s leading photographers of our time.
www.leegallery.com /abbott.html   (443 words)

 Profotos - Berenice Abbott   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
When she returned to New York, Abbott was struck by an environment in transition, where she observed "the present jostling with the past." Her determination to document what she saw eventually resulted in the publication Changing New York (1939), funded by the Federal Art Project.
In the 1940s and 1950s Abbott turned her attention to science because, as she said, "we live in a scientific age and I thought that photography should do something about it." In 1958 she was commissioned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to illustrate a series of physics textbooks.
Abbott never formally posed her sitters, preferring instead to convey the essence of her subjects through a telling gesture, a characteristic expression or a revealing detail of costume or accessory.
www.profotos.com /education/referencedesk/masters/masters/bereniceabbott/bereniceabbott.shtml   (587 words)

 Berenice Abbott
Berenice Abbott was born in Springfield, Ohio, on July 17, 1898 as Bernice.
In the dispute between pictorialists and modernists, with her taste for photographic realism, she stood clearly on the side of the modernists who thought that soft-focus compromised the inherent clarity of the photographic image and that pictorial subject matter was a form of escapism and denial of modern urban life.
Abbott's photographs were not political or polemical, but her sympathies were clearly on the left.
www.cosmopolis.ch /english/cosmo30/berenice_abbott.htm   (2776 words)

 ArtsNet Minnesota: Environment: Berenice Abbott
With these images, Abbott wanted to "reach the roots, get under the skin of reality." She hoped her photographs would be used by city planners to improve the quality of urban life.
Abbott was concerned that the hugeness of the city threatened to distort the humanity of individuals.
She was exposed to the visual vocabulary of modernism--including extreme angles, faceted views and stark, dramatic contrasts--which she applied to her photographic work.
www.artsconnected.org /artsnetmn/environ/abbott.html   (413 words)

 Berenice Abbott
Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) was one of this century's greatest photographers, and her New York City images have come to define 1930's New York.
Abbott was acquainted with many lesbians who had emigrated to Paris as well as their friends and photographed many of them.
Berenice Abbott is considered one of the 20th century's greatest photographers.
www.queertheory.com /histories/a/abbott_berenice.htm   (643 words)

 NMWA | Private Collection | Profile - Berenice Abbott
In 1917 Abbott went from her hometown of Springfield, Ohio, to Columbia University, intending to study journalism.
During the 1920s Abbott became "the semiofficial portraitist of the intelligentsia" in Paris and New York.
Abbott died at age 93 in rural Maine, where she had been living since 1965.
www.nmwa.org /collection/profile.asp?LinkID=175   (311 words)

 George Eastman House :: The Museum :: History of George Eastman House
Berenice Abbott’s descriptions of the people in her world were as crisp and revealing as her portraits of them.
Berenice Abbott sought out the executor of Atget’s estate and, after a long and tense negotiation, purchased the thousands of plates and prints.
Berenice told me that she realized that the museum could probably have turned the plates around the following day and sold them for a quarter of a million dollars, but she was tired of dragging them around and couldn’t bear to negotiate.
www.eastmanhouse.org /inc/the_museum/geller3.php   (708 words)

 Get the Picture: Berenice Abbott   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Abbott’s photograph of the Flatiron demonstrates her principles of documentary photography: it serves as a record for the future and has content, or meaning.
Abbott calculated that in order to get this dramatic night shot with all the office lights on she would need to expose the film in her camera for 15 minutes.
Abbott also knew that she couldn’t be in any wind if she had to leave her camera’s shutter open for 15 minutes, as the slightest motion could blur her picture.
artsmia.org /picture/print/abbott.shtml   (1984 words)

 NYPL Digital Gallery | Changing New York: Photographs by Berenice Abbott, 1935-1938
Abbott's efforts resulted in a book in 1939, in advance of the World's Fair in Flushing Meadow NY, with 97 illustrations and text by Abbott's fellow WPA employee (and life companion), art critic Elizabeth McCausland (1899-1965).
Abbott was born and raised in Ohio where she endured an erratic family life.
Abbott moved to Paris in 1921, where she continued to study sculpture (and in Berlin), and to support herself by modeling.
digitalgallery.nypl.org /nypldigital/explore/dgexplore.cfm?topic=cities&collection=ChangingNewYorkPhoto&col_id=160   (965 words)

 Art Preview: Berenice Abbott and Hank O'Neal develop fresh ideas
Berenice Abbott appears left and Hank O'Neal on the right in "Double Portrait, 17 July 1990, on Lake Hebron." Of this photo, O'Neal writes: "After I took the picture of Berenice, she asked that I pass the camera over to her, she wanted to give it a try.
The graphic power of Abbott's looming white frame Corea church -- which Abbott admired because it was a studio for painter Marsden Hartley in the 1940s when it was without a congregation -- foregrounded by a huge pile of chopped logs, is a case in point.
In another Abbott photograph, from 1967, "A man of the sea at Spruce Head near Port Clyde in southeastern Maine" is caught in aging profile, wearing a peaked cap and boat shoes, sitting in a rocking chair against the background of a boat-dotted inlet.
www.post-gazette.com /ae/20030221abbottaep2.asp   (733 words)

 ArtsNet Minnesota: Environment: Berenice Abbott
Berenice Abbott was born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1898.
Abbott felt compelled by a "fantastic passion" to make a portrait of the city she loved.
Realistic photography was not fashionable and Abbott had a tough time making a living during the Depression.
www.artsconnected.org /artsnetmn/environ/abbott2.html   (426 words)

 Clark House Gallery: Berenice Abbott: Photographs of New York, Maine and More
The Clark House Gallery is proud to announce the opening of our 2004 summer exhibition "Berenice Abbott: Photographs of New York, Maine and More." This show includes many of Abbott's photographs of New York in the 1930s, as well as some of her images of Maine and her science photographs from the 1950s.
Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) was one of the most prominent photographers of the 20th century.
Berenice Abbott’s work is a part of many museum collections including the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of the City of New York, and is in private collections around the world.
www.artnet.com /ag/fineartthumbnails.asp?G=7&cid=62799   (482 words)

 NYS Museum Press Release - Theodore Roosevelt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Berenice Abbott sensed that in the 1930s when her camera was used to capture that rapidly evolving urban scene.
Abbott's absence from New York allowed her to view the city with fresh eyes when she returned in 1929, on the eve of the Depression.
Abbott was struck by "the past jostling the present" as she surveyed New York's cityscapes.
www.nysm.nysed.gov /press/archive/prebernice.html   (304 words)

 Berenice Abbott
Originally a student of painting and sculpture, Abbott traveled to Paris in the 1920s, where she learned photography as an assistant to Man Ray and opened her own photographic studio.
Abbott gained a reputation as an insightful portraitist, photographing the artists and intellectuals of Europe's cultural elite.
Between 1935 and 1939 Abbott produced in excess of one thousand 8" x 10" negatives for the project she would later call Changing New York.
www.brown.edu /Facilities/David_Winton_Bell_Gallery/abbott.html   (285 words)

 Berenice Abbott - Permanent Collection - Springfield Museum of Art   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Abbott took to it instantly and the workload forced her to function efficiently and become a skillful technician.
When she returned to New York, Abbott was struck by an environment in transition, where she observed "...the present jostling with the past".
Abbott's health deteriorated in the early 1960's and, to escape New York City's polluted air, she moved to a renovated barn in Maine and began the last stages of her illustrious life.
www.spfld-museum-of-art.org /collection/abbott.html   (862 words)

 Return to 2005 Honorees
Berenice Abbott was born in Springford, Ohio, in 1898.
Abbott returned to the United States in 1929 and embarked on a project to photograph New York.
Abbott's photographs of New York appeared in the exhibition, Changing New York, at the Museum of the City in 1937.
www.state.me.us /legis/senate/WomensHistory/19NatWomensHistMon.Abbott19_files/19.htm   (373 words)

 University of Maine Museum of Art: Exhibitions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Photographs by Berenice Abbott, on view at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor from June 25 through September 18, 2004, highlight two major phases of this renowned photographer’s career.
Berenice Abbott was one of the most accomplished documentary photographers of the 20 th century as well as a prolific writer, teacher, and inventor.
Berenice Abbott was born in Springfield, Ohio in 1898, and lived in Europe, Cambridge, and New York City before retiring in Abbot Village, Maine in the 1960's.
www.umma.umaine.edu /exhibarchive/berenice.htm   (425 words)

 Berenice Abbott- Great Photographer returns to MIT
Berenice Abbott: Vision of the Twentieth Century, at the MIT Museum, through December 27.
Perhaps the best-known of her portraits is that of James Joyce with hat and stick, posing in an attitude halfway between nonchalance and boredom (#50).
Abbott was one of the first to recognize the extraordinary quality of his work.
www-tech.mit.edu /V105/N39/abbot.39a.html   (834 words)

 B. Abbott   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Best known for her images of New York, Berenice Abbott (1898 - 1991) was also a pioneer in the field of scientific photography.
Berenice Abbott first began to illustrate scientific phenomena with her cameras in 1939.
In addition to being a photographer, Abbott was an author, inventor, photographic educator, and historian.
www.mtholyoke.edu /offices/comm/csj/990212/b.abbott.html   (437 words)

 Museum of Art Receives Donation of Photographs by Berenice Abbott and Eugene Atget
The 39 photographs by Abbott, an American artist who lived the last 27 years of her life in Monson, Maine, and the 15 works of Atget, a French photographer, add to the museum's outstanding university collection of works on paper.
Abbott, born in Ohio in 1898, retired to Monson in 1964.
Abbott not only preserved the work of Atget but brought his mastery of historic documentary photography to the attention of the world.
www.umaine.edu /news/Archives/2000/Oct00/abbott.htm   (821 words)

 glbtq >> arts >> Abbott, Berenice
Accomplished American photographer Berenice Abbott may be best known for her photographs of New York City's changing cityscape, but she also made memorable images of lesbians, bisexuals, and gay men in Paris in the 1920s and in New York from the 1930s through 1965.
Another of Abbott's most memorable images is that of a masculine-appearing Thelma Wood, made after she and Abbott were no longer lovers.
Abbott's portraits of McCausland confirm the aptness of the nickname she gave her lover, "Butchy." McCausland wrote early essays about Abbott's work.
www.glbtq.com /arts/abbott_b.html   (1041 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Berenice Abbott: Changing New York: The Museum of the City of New York: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
In January 1929, after spending eight years in Europe, the young Berenice Abbott returned to the United States and was seized by a "fantastic passion" to photograph New York City, a passion she pursued for the next ten years.
This book is a great choice for those who love great photography, Berenice Abbott fans, those who are interested in the history of New York in the 1930s, and those who would like to enjoy a little nostalgia about their formative years in that magnificent city.
Berenice Abbott returned from 8 years in Europe at age 30 in January 1929, planning on a short stay.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/1565845560   (795 words)

 SAAM :: Have a Question? Find an Answer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Abbott feels that her relocation to Europe was an act of justified rebellion.
Since 1939 Abbott has engaged in many projects, turning her attention to the photography of scientific phenomena and working for the Physical Science Study Committee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Abbott also believes that "while significant reality is the subject matter of the photographer, it follows that … the choice of subject is inescapably a subjective one.
americanart.si.edu /search/artist_bio.cfm?StartRow=1&ID=5   (1465 words)

 North and South: Berenice Abbott's U.S. Route 1 - Portland Museum of Art - Absolutearts.com
Abbott works to preserve sites that are specifically 1954, rather than documenting the progression of years.
Typically, Berenice Abbott has taken years to journal Paris and New York City, in contrast the Route 1 documentation allowed her only one moment of one summer with her selected subject matter.
Abbott saw her role as a photgrapher to be centered around capturing whatever she was photographing as it was at that moment; the Route 1 pictures are exactly that, a chronicle of the summer of 1954 on Route 1.
www.absolutearts.com /artsnews/2000/09/21/27475.html   (636 words)

 Malaspina Great Books - Berenice Abbott (1898-1991)
It was only in Paris in 1923,; when the avant-garde American expatriate Man Ray was looking for a darkroom assistant, that Abbott discovered her love and natural ability for working with the camera.
In the 1930s,; Abbott continued her portrait work while completing a 10-year project commissioned by the Works Progress Administration: documenting the changing landscape of New York City.
Abbott died at age 93 in rural Maine,; where she had been living since 1965.
www.malaspina.org /home.asp?topic=./search/details&lastpage=./search/results&ID=547   (430 words)

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