“I believe there is no more creative medium than photography to recreate the living world of our time.”-Berenice Abbott, American Photographer

Famed photographer, especially for her NYC photos, Berenice Abbott was born today in 1898 and died in 1991. “Berenice Abbott can be considered the photographer of New York City. A revolutionary documentary photographer, Abbott was born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1898, and studied for one year at Ohio State University, Columbus, before moving to New York in 1918 to study sculpture. While in New York, Abbott met Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, two of the founders of the Dada movement, an artistic intellectual movement that emerged as a protest to the senseless suffering of World War I. Dada artists sought to question convention and tradition through seemingly nonsensical works presented in performances, literature, and the visual arts.”American Art, The Phillips Collection  

“From an early age, Ohio native Berenice Abbott felt restricted by the societal expectations placed on girls and women during her time. She resisted the traditional and pursued independence and personal satisfaction over social acceptance. A rebellious and unconventional woman, Berenice Abbott changed her name to signify her break with cultural norms, adding an “e” to the common spelling of her name, “Bernice.”Extravagant Crowd, Carl Van Vechten’s Portrait of Women Site

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