Broadway to the Battery, Manhattan
Berenice Abbott (1898 - 1991)
silver gelatin print, 1938
9 3/8 x 6 7/8 inches
This photograph of buildings in New York was part of a Federal Art Project called "Changing New York."
Berenice Abbott was born in 1898 in Springfield, Ohio. She lived in Europe from age twenty. When she visited New York in 1929, she was so impressed by the changing skyline of New York caused by the building of skyscrapers during the 1920s, that she moved there and spent ten years photographing the city.
She used an 8 by 10-inch camera on a tripod because she could create unique perspectives in her pictures. The WPA paid her a salary of $35 per week, and funds for a driver, assistant, and a research team. The results were published in a book entitled Changing New York.
A silver gelatin print is a black and white photograph on fiber-based paper coated with light-sensitive silver nitrate emulsion.
Collection of the Illinois State Museum
photograph by Gary Andrashko
ISM Accession #: 1943.16/913.8
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