Abbott (1898-1991) was one of this century's
greatest photographers, and her New York City
images have come to define 1930's New York.
The response to The New Press's landmark hardcover
publication of Berenice Abbott: Changing New
York was extraordinary. In addition to receiving
rave reviews, it was chosen a best book of the
year by the Wall Street Journal, Business Week,
and New York Newsday, and was featured in Vanity
Fair, Newsweek, and the New York Daily News.
A Midwesterner who came to New York in 1918,
Abbott moved to Paris in 1921 and worked as
Man Ray's photographic assistant. Inspired by
French photographer Atget, Abbott returned to
America in 1929 to photograph New York City.
With the financial support of the Works Progress
Administration's Federal Art Project from 1935
to 1939, she was able to realize her ambition
to document a "changing New York," a project
that remains the centerpiece of her career.