Fundación MAPFRE Berenice Abbott : Portraits of Modernity exhibition catalogue

Berenice Abbott : Portraits of Modernity

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'Abbott's photos take the grid out of the grid. Symmetries give way to random architectural jostling. Buildings seem to be lean­ing on or over one another, slicing off at odd angles. It's an un­stable cityscape because it's still growing, indifferent to the com­forts of the people below' - New York Times

A superbly printed and definitive volume on the beloved American modernist photographer

This handsome publication presents legendary American photographer Berenice Abbott’s work in three categories: her portraits, photographs of the city and scientific photographs. The opening section presents Abbott’s portraits of mold-breaking individuals who changed the world from the mid-1920s onward such as Djuna Barnes, the New Yorker's Janet Flanner, Jean Cocteau and James Joyce.

The second part offers a dazzling portrait of New York which takes into account Abbott’s relations with and her fascination for the work of Eugène Atget by including an introductory group of his photographs, which she printed from his negatives.

The third and final section focuses on Abbott’s scientific photographs, which she started to produce in the late 1940s.

  • Author: Estrella de Diego
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Date published: April 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-8498447040
  • Dimensions: 31.0 x 25.2 cm

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