In 1921 Ohio-native Abbott left New York to study in Paris. Returning to the city in 1929, she found it transformed and ripe with photographic potential. Following the model of the French photographer Eugène Atget, whose street views of Paris she admired, Abbott ventured around New York photographing seemingly incidental, but often profound, scenes that captured the city’s changing character. This page of small-scale photographs is one example of many of similar album pages in the Metropolitan’s collection. Assembled by Abbott, the album from which they derive comprised a kind of photographer’s sketchbook for subjects and themes.
Inscription: Circle inscribed on album page and print rectos of 1979.678.64 (BL) and 1979.678.67 (TL).
[...], [Marlborough Gallery, New York], Emanuel Gerard, New York, 1976
Museum of the City of New York. "Berenice Abbott: Changing New York".
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Thomas Hart Benton’s 'America Today' Mural Rediscovered," September 30, 2014–April 19, 2015.
This photograph is mounted to an album page with [insert new accession numbers here]. This photograph is part of the disbound Berenice Abbott album gifted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Emanuel Gerard over a number of years. The original order of the album has not been reconstructed. Accession numbers associated with this album include 1977.662.1–.4, 1978.641.1–.11, 1979.678.1–.44, 1981.1246.1–.100, 1982.1180.1–.130, and 1984.1097.1–.18. Please note that the accession numbers of each photograph in the album were reassigned in November 2008 to rectify errors made in the original cataloguing. More information regarding this change is located in the object file.