Berenice Abbott ( American, 1898 - 1991 )
- 1936, print 1983
On moving to New York in the 1930s, Bernenice Abbott began capturing images of the modern cityscape. Her Manhattan Bridge is a powerful vision of the world ordered by machinery. The firm, aspiring iron lines of the bridge form a complete and handsome environment, towering over the figures of walking men. The composition of the photographs faithfully embodies an experience both gritty and sublime. As Abbott said, "Everything in the city is properly part of its story."
Anne R. Bromberg, "American Modernsim: Art and Technology," Dallas Museum of Art Bulletin, Spring/Summer 1988, 22-25.
The New York Public Library Digital Collections
Explore the archive of images from Berenice Abbott's Changing New York project at the New York Public Library.
Museum of the City of New York
Learn more about the artist and her work.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Read a brief biography of Berenice Abbott from NMWA.
NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
Check out the residence and studio of Berenice Abbott and her partner Elizabeth McCausland.