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Abbott, Berenice (1898-1991)

Abbott, Berenice (1898-1991)

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American photographer, whose body of work falls into three categories: portraiture, documentary, and scientific. Born in Ohio, she eventually moved to New York, and then later studied sculpture in Paris and Berlin. In 1923 she returned to Paris as an assistant to *Man Ray. Three years later she opened her own portrait studio, where she attracted many famous people as sitters. When she returned to New York in 1929, she and her friend, Elizabeth McCausland, with funds from the Works Progress Administration began to document structural design and street scenes in and around the city. This large-format photography was exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York in 1937 and in 1939 was published as Changing New York. Abbott later taught photography and served on the Advisory Committee of the Photo League. In 1941 she wrote a highly praised book, A Guide to Better Photography, and In the 1950s her interest in science education led her to conduct experiments in refining camera equipment. In 1968 She sold the collection of work of Eugene *Atget which she had purchased after his death, to MoMA in New York. She then retired and settled in Maine.

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"I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive."

Man Ray
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