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Berenice Abbott (American, 1898–1991)
LOT ID: 63524
Djuna Barnes, ie. circa 1926

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
10 х 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm.)
Stamped, with BA Maine stamp and titled on verso.
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1950
Lot description
Berenice Abbott, Djuna Barnes, c. 1926. Early gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm). Maine stamp and title on verso. Printed before 1950.

Portrait of Djuna Barnes (1892 - 1982), an American writer and prominent figure in the literary lesbian scene of Paris during the 1920s and 1930s.

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991)
At age seventy-seven Berenice Abbott thus explained her approach to making images. She learned photography in the 1920s in Paris, as a studio assistant of fellow American expatriate Man Ray. She soon opened her own portrait studio, where she photographed artists and intellectuals living in Paris, including James Joyce and Eugène Atget. After Atget's death, Abbott was instrumental in promoting his work by preserving his prints and negatives and arranging for publications and exhibitions of his photographs. She returned to the United States and began to photograph the architectural landscape of New York City, which resulted in the publication Changing New York. She taught at the New School for Social Research in New York from the 1930s until 1958.[getty.edu]
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