(1898 - 1991)
Abbott (1898 - 1991) left the American Midwest in 1918 to
study in New York City, Paris, and Berlin. In Paris she
became an assistant to Man Ray and Eugène Atget.
In 1925 she set up her own studio and made portraits of
Parisian artists, writers, collectors and expatriates. She
retrieved and catalogued Atget's prints and negatives after
his death. In the 1930s she photographed New York's neighborhoods
for the WPA Federal Art Project, documenting its changing
architecture; many of the photographs were published in
Changing New York (1939).
not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate,
to give out, to act -
rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography
is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not
can never grow up if it imitates some other medium.
It has to walk alone; it has to be itself."
~ Berenice Abbott