Born in 1898 in the United States, Berenice Abbott arrived in New York at the age of twenty and at first took an interest in sculpture. She went to Paris in 1921, where she became the assistant of Man Ray, who introduced her to photography. On her return to the United States in 1930 Abbott, fascinated by Eugène Atget’s methodical work on Paris, threw herself into an ambitious project entitled Changing New York. During the first half of the twentieth century, in fact, the American metropolis experienced a real shock with the destruction and reconstruction of thousands of homes and offices as well as the unbridled growth of highrises. She died in 1991.
Her work was included in the exhibition 'Luogo e Segni' (2019) at Punta della Dogana.