New York City in the 1930s, As Seen Through the Lens of Berenice Abbott

From a New Compilation of Her Work

The following are selections from Berenice Abbott: Portraits of Modernity, a collection of the legendary American photographer’s portraits, photographs of the city, and scientific photographs. Click to view a slideshow.


Excerpted from Berenice Abbott: Portraits of ModernityUsed with permission of DAP.

Berenice Abbott
Berenice Abbott
Berenice Abbott (1891–1991) was born in Springfield, Ohio. She began her photography career in 1923, as Man Ray's darkroom assistant. Her work is collected in some of the most prestigious museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art.

Photo credit:
Self Portrait – Distortion, c. 1930
16.8 × 13.7 cm, printed in 1945-1950
Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

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