Work by Bernice Abbott

Bernice Abbott
BERNICE ABBOTT (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991) Bernice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s. John Canaday, in his introduction to Bernice Abbott American Photographer, described Abbott’s careful preparations to get the perfect picture to be "almost as if a trap had been set." (Berenice Abbott American Photographer, Hank O’Neal 1982). Abbott prided herself on her exacting working methods, and relished in spending time fine tuning her compositions and adjusting focus and camera angles. New York at Night (1932) is a great example of how hours of study and planning to "set a trap" could pay off.

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