Berenice Abbott Catalogue
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Berenice Abbott
Chronology
1923
Becomes an apprentice in Man Ray's Paris studio.
 
1926
Establishes her own portrait studio, through the help of friends including Peggy Guggenheim.
 
1928
Exhibits in the Independent Salon of Photography together with Many Ray, André Kertész and others.
 
1929
Begins to explore and document swiftly changing New York City, including storefronts and facades in Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn.
 
1933
Attempts to seek funds from various public and private sources to pursue "Changing New York" project are unsuccessful.
 
Travels through New England and the East Coast. Photographs pre-Civil War architectural icons upon the request of architectural historian Henry Russell Hitchcock.
 
1934
First solo exhibition (New York City photographs) held at the Museum of the City of New York.
 
1935
Applies to Federal Art Project (FAP) of the Works Progress Administration for funding to support "Changing New York" project. Receives support from FAP through 1939, allowing Abbott to buy equipment and hire staff.
 
Travels with friend Elizabeth McCausland to southern states, as well as Pennsylvania, Ohio, and St. Louis.
 
1939
First book, "Changing New York", including 97 of Abbott's images, is published by E.P. Dutton. (Reprinted as "New York in the Thirties", in 1973.)
 
1941
Publishes "Guide to Better Photography", detailing her methods and ideas about photography. Subsequent books include "View Camera Made Simple", 1948, and "A New Guide to Photography", 1953.
 
1958-1960
Photographs scientific phenomena for the Physical Sciences Study Committee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
 
1982
Biography, "Berenice Abbott, American Photographer" by Hank O'Neal is published.
 
1985
Commerce Graphics is formed to handle the commercial aspects of Berenice Abbott's photography and to provide continuing access to her photographs.
 
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