Berenice Abbott - Works from 1930 to 1938

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 high-rises. The artist Liz Deschenes, a great admirer of Abbott’s work, has chosen the silver-based prints presented here and decided how they should be hung with respect to her own work FPS (60), based on rhythm and color. Abbott’s photographic record of the architecture of New York in the thirties is therefore reflected as if in a dialogue by Deschenes’s installation—a memory of the origins of photography—which takes on an architectural dimension through the installation.