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Self-Portrait

Artist:
Berenice Abbott (American, Springfield, Ohio 1898–1991 Monson, Maine)
Date:
ca. 1930
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
34.5 x 27.2 cm (13 9/16 x 10 11/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.19
Rights and Reproduction:
© Berenice Abbott / Commerce Graphics Ltd. Inc.
Not on view
By warping the paper under the enlarger Abbott so emphasized her eyes that she looks like a cat. Her fascination with photography's flexible inscription of reality overrode vanity, but the distorted face is still recognizably hers--described at the time as "a face with no edges, boy's cut hair, and kewpie eyes."
Inscription: Stamped in ink on mount, verso C: "BERENICE ABBOTT // PHOTOGRAPH // 50 COMMERCE STREET // NEW YORK 14, N.Y."; inscribed on mount, verso CL: "16 x 20"; inscribed on mount, verso CL [sideways]: "Baseline parallel";
[Robert Miller Gallery, New York]; John C. Waddell, New York (March 30, 1985)

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