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Waller 1 History of Photography Research Paper Berenice Abbott Berenice Abbott was an American photographer who was best known for her black-and- white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s. Abbott devoted her life to photography and she was an artist with a limitless imagination. She began her career in photography in 1923 as an apprentice to Man Ray, in his studio in Paris (Artnet). Man Ray was a good friend of hers who she learned a lot from, but he was also a major influence to her photography. About three years later she established her very own portrait studio (Atget Photography). It was here that she made compelling photographs of some of the biggest artists and writers during the time. She also photographed Eugene Atget just a short time before he died. It was Eugene Atget who influenced Abbott in her photography as she returned to New York City in 1929 with a new perspective (NYSM). She began photographing the fast evolving urban style landscape as the city was in transition. Berenice called this ten year project “Changing New York”. During 1929 – 1939 Berenice Abbott produced some of her the finest photographs. Her point was graphically to capture the times as they were quickly changing, to make a record before disappearing, in the most artistic ways as possible that would still be useful to historians. Both of the pieces of work I chose to discuss are works from Abbott’s Changing New York project. The first piece is City Arabesque which was taken from the Roof of 60 Wall Street Tower in New York on June 9, 1938 (AAA). I chose this piece because it has a lot of really unique elements to it and they just drew me in to the photo. The main reason that I was really
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Waller 2 attracted to this photo was because of the very unique way in which she took the picture. I have not seen a picture anything like this ever before, and I love it.
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