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Printed by Abbott before 1960.

This Berenice Abbott print of Exchange Place is one of very few that was printed by the photographer and in this particular size. Abbott’s long time printer and associate, Todd Watts, has been working with Abbott’s negatives and prints and publications since 1974-75. This print was dated by Abbott and was printed by her prior to 1960. The date has been certified as told to Todd Watts by Abbott. The print comes with a certification from Todd Watts and is counter signed by the current owner. Mr. Watts is considered to be the only expert that worked with Abbott in Maine for the last 17 years of her life.

Berenice Abbott (American, 1898–1991) was a notable photographer, born in Springfield, OH. After studying at Ohio State University, she traveled to New York to study sculpture, where she met Modernist visionaries Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. Abbott began studying photography in the early 1920s, when she traveled to Europe and briefly attended both the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris and the Kunstschule in Berlin. While working as Man Ray’s assistant in Paris, Abbott first encountered the work of photographer Eugene Atget, whose influence became apparent in Abbott’s own work. Shortly thereafter, Abbott established a portrait studio, and photographed various artists and literary figures living in Paris, including James Joyce. Her first exhibition took place in 1926 at the Au Sacre du Printemps Gallery. In 1929, Abbott journeyed back to the United States and began what is perhaps her best-known project, a series of iconic photographs of New York City, which would make up her 1937 exhibition, Changing New York. Her book, also titled Changing New York, was subsequently published in 1938. Abbott was a teacher at the New School for Social Research until 1958, and established the Photo League with fellow American photographer Paul Strand in 1936. She died in Monson, ME in 1991.

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Publication: Abbott, Berenice. Berenice Abbott / by Hank O'Neal, Berenice Abbott (Photographer). Gottingen : Steidl Photography International, 2008. Yochelson, Bonnie. Berenice Abbott : Changing New York / Bonnie Yochelson. New York : New Press : Museum of the City of New York : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., c1997. Abbott, Berenice. Berenice Abbott / with an essay by Julia Van Haaften. New York, N.Y. : Aperture Foundation, 1988. O’Neal, Hank. Berenice Abbott, American photographer / by Hank O’Neal ; introduction by John Canaday ; commentary by Berenice Abbott. New York : McGraw-Hill, c1982. Lanier, Henry Wysham. Greenwich Village, today & yesterday. Photographs by Berenice Abbott. New York, Harper [1949]. Abbott, Berenice. Changing New York; photographs by Berenice Abbott, text by Elizabeth McCausland; a publication of the Federal art project of the Works progress administration in the city of New York, under the sponsorship of the Guilds’ committee for Federal writers’ publications, inc. New York, E.P. Dutton & company, inc., 1939.
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  • Private collection, Maine (gift of the artist); Private collection, Florida.
  • Pickup Location: Florida, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9.5 x 2.25 in. (24.13 x 5.72 cm.)
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