Abbe, James (Edward) (1883-1973)
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American photographer who was born in Alfred, Maine. He developed a gifted talent for photography and, while still in his teens, he became a photojournalist for the Newport News in Virginia, then again in Washington, DC.
After he moved to New York in 1917, he was soon a favorite of the theatre world as a portrait photographer. He published photographs in *Vogue, Vanity Fair, Saturday Evening Post, and many other popular magazines of the day. He was also lively in the vivacious New York film industry, photographing Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Rudolph Valentino, and many other famous actors and actresses. Abbe moved to Europe in 1923, and for ten years moved between the London and Paris theatre and film scene. As a *photojournalist he documented political disorder all over the world including the Nazi's rise to power in Germany during the 1930s. He also photographed all of the infamous European leaders of the time. His photographs appeared in news papers such as *Vu and the *Berliner illustrierte Zeitung. Later in 1936 he returned to the United States, and photographed the Spanish Civil War. Many years after his death, Abbe was the recipient of a major presentation at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Portions of this article derived from The Oxford Companion to the Photograph 2005.
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