Establishes her own portrait studio, through the help of friends including Peggy Guggenheim.
Exhibits in the Independent Salon of Photography together with Many Ray, André Kertész and others.
Begins to explore and document swiftly changing New York City, including storefronts and facades in Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn.
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.
First solo exhibition (New York City photographs) held at the Museum of the City of New York.
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.
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.)
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.
Photographs scientific phenomena for the Physical Sciences Study Committee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Biography, "Berenice Abbott, American Photographer" by Hank O'Neal is published.
Commerce Graphics is formed to handle the commercial aspects of Berenice Abbott's photography and to provide continuing access to her photographs.