Alan Koppel Gallery

Berenice Abbott

(American, 1898–1991)

pingpank barbershop, 413 bleeker street, manhattan, may 18, 1938 by berenice abbott

Berenice Abbott

Pingpank Barbershop, 413 Bleeker Street, Manhattan, May 18, 1938, 1938

Price on Request



Born in Springfield, OH
Hired by Man Ray as a darkroom assistant at his portrait studio in Montparnasse, France
Moved to New York and began chronicling the architecture and urban life of the 1930s
Her first major retrospective exhibition, held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Received the International Center of Photography's Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, USA
Died in Monson, ME


Speaking with Hands, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany
American Icons, Corkin Shopland Gallery, Toronto, Canada
7 Documentarians, David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, USA
Boîte à conserves, Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Germany
Europe in Art: A HVB Group Project, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Hungary
Duality/Dialectic, Davison Art Center, Middletown, USA
Modern Means: Continuity and Change in Art from 1880 to the Present, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Berenice Abbott's Circle: New York/Paris, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, USA
Enchanted Evening, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USA
Vintage Photographs of NYC from the 1930s and 1940s, Lee Gallery, Winchester, USA
Künstlerphotographien: Berühmte Photographen portraitieren berühmte Künstler, Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany
Une autre modernité: La question de la ville, 1915-1950, Musée dart contemporain de Montréal, Canada
Shopping, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England
New York, New York: The City in Photographs, Staley-Wise, New York, USA
Star Spangled Spirit, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, USA
Vital Form: American Art in the Anatomic Age, 1940-1960, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, USA
The Photograph and the American Dream: The Stephen White Collection II, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Portfoglio: Photographs of a Century, Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany
Photography in Boston: 1955-1985, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, USA
150 Years of Photography, Davison Art Center, Middletown, USA
Desiring Eye: Retrospective of photography from Moderna Museet, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania
L'école de Paris, 1904-1929: La part de l'Autre, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Berenice Abbott: Changing New York, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
Changing New York, Museum of the City of New York, New York, USA
Images from the Machine Age, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
Photographs by Berenice Abbott, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, USA
Spirit of the Metropolis: Berenice Abbott's New York, Davison Art Center, Middletown, USA
Tower Gallery, Yokahama, Japan


McCausland, Elizabeth. Changing New York. New York: Dutton, 1939. Reprint: New York in the Thirties, as Photographed by Berenice Abbott (New York: Dover).
Hall, Chenoweth. A Portrait of Maine. (New York: Macmillan)
Wysham, Henry. Greenwich Village: Yesterday and Today. (New York: Harper).