Berenice Abbott: “Photography is now”


Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), [Jacob Heyman Butcher Shop, 345 Sixth Avenue, New York], 1938 (662.1984)


Berenice Abbott speaking and showing slides at ICP on November 5, 1979 about moving to New York in 1929, having a studio at Hotel des Artistes (West 67th Street, Central Park West), photographing New York City (first with a “small” camera – to take notes – and then with a larger camera), perspective, and more.


Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), [Milk wagon and old houses, Grove Street, No. 4-10, New York], June 18, 1936 (258.1985)

Landmarks of New York
4-10 Grove Street
These four houses, erected between 1825 and 1854, are typical of those built in New York in the early 19th century preceding the increased use of Greek Revival forms. Their simplicity of design is typically enhanced by enriched doorways. the street was deeded to the city as Cozine Street in 1809, opened as Columbia Street in 1811, renamed in 1813 in memory of Lieut. Burrows, Naval hero of the war of 1812, and given its’ present name in 1829.
Plaque erected 1966 by The New York Community Trust


Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Warehouse, Water and Dock Streets, Brooklyn, New York, May 22, 1936, (666.1984)


Berenice Abbott showing slides and speaking at ICP, on November 5, 1979. “Photographing New York is just the greatest thing in this world.” New York is changing “too rapidly.”


Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), [Automat, 977 Eighth Avenue, New York], 1936 (675.1984)


Berenice Abbott, ICP, November 5, 1979. “Be objective… Seeing the now, and this is the the hardest thing of all to see… Photography is now… You can’t photograph the future… You have to photograph what is significant now… This is now.”

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