Abbott’s book cover proposal for Changing New York.

Margaret Anderson Paris, 1930

Lucia Joyce 1930

Ginger New York, 1932

James Joyce Paris, 1926

Daily News Building; 42nd Street between Second and Third Avenues. Nov. 21, 1935.

Murray Hill Hotel; From Park Avenue and 40th Street. Nov. 19, 1935.

This post is dedicated Routine Investigations who introduced me to Berenice Abbott last night. In 1919 she moved to NYC and lived at an anarchist house in Greenwich Village. In the 1920s she moved to Paris, working for Man Ray. In the 1930s Abbott returned to New York after seeing its photographic potential. In 1935 the Federal Arts Project named Abbott Project Supervisor and created the book, Changing New York. I only wish they used her proposal cover for the final book.

via Berenice Abbott portraits and Smithsonian Archives of American Art and New York Public Library

2 Responses to “BERENICE ABBOTT.”

  1. Charlotte Says:

    If you like or collect Berenice Abbott’s work, you might want to look at the photographs auction going on at Rago Arts and Auction Center on Friday, 11/21. Most of the photographs belonged to Dan Berley, a major and early collector with great taste. There are six lots with work by Abbott: portraits of Joan Sloan, Princess Eugene Murat, Eugene Atget, James Joyce and two great architectural images. Prices vary – estimates from $600 up, with bidding opening at about half the low estimate. I found out about Rago’s in Philly. Meredith Hilferty runs the sales. You can call or e-mail her and ask questions about anything you like in the auction. I bid like on eBay – leave a max bid with Meredith and then see how I do. Go to

  2. :::Philebrity…media, culture, music and more::: » Blog Archive » And Now, Five Things You Need To Know About Bloomsday Right Now Says:

    […] depiction, which always struck us as false advertising. We far prefer the faggy, flouncy Joyce as captured by Bernice Abbott at right, Paris 1926. We might live in amazing times, but we’ll never get to live in a time as […]

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