7th Grade research (Berenice abbott)

Berenice Abbott is a U.S. photographer that was born on July 17, 1898 in Springfield, Ohio. She went to Ohio State University then moved to New York to study independently about sculpting and drawing for four years. She then traveled to Europe in 1921 to study sculpturing in Berlin and Paris. She studied at Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in PAris and in Berlin, the Kunstschule. On June 18, 1926 Abbott had her first own exhibit at the Jan Slivinsky gallery called Portraits Photographiques. She lived in Paris for ten years and was introduced to Eugene Atget’s photography. Abbott was in love with his photography and wanted to see more. Abbott visited his apartment to soon find out he died recently. A good friend of Atget had acquired his collection and Abbott tried to convince Andre Calmettes ,Atget’s friend, to care for the images. It took a over year for her to get convince Calmettes for her to take care of the images. Abbott did more than care for the pictures but throughout her life she tried to gain recognition for his work. She returned to America in February 1929 in New York. Since she was influenced by Atget and the photograph old Paris, she photographed “old New York” from every aspect. Abbott opened a portrait studio in the Hotel des Artistes. In some time her portraits and images were being published by magazines such as The Saturday Review of Literature, The Vanity, the Saturday Evening Post, Theatre Guild Magazine, and Fortune. Since it was the time of the Great Depression, Abbott did not have enough money for the scope of her project.  In February of 1935, Abbott sent a proposal to the FAP, a division of the Works Progress Administration that helped out certain art projects with the money. While she was waiting for a response, Abbott was given an opportunity to teach a photography course at the New School for Social Research. She accepted and by the summer of 1935, Abbott had not heard from the FAP. Finally in September she received funding for her Changing New York project. She was approved $145 per month, total artistic freedom and was given a 1930 Ford Roadster. Almost ten years of documenting New York, the images were eventually published in a book called Changing New York. When the FAP funding was depleted, Abbott decided to end this aspect of her photographic career. Abbott later started to publish a book and is called A Guide to Better Photography. She later settled in Maine to live their for the rest of her life in 1956. She later died on December 9, 1991. The reason why I choose this artist was because of the different angles of the pictures and it wasn’t just a straight on picture but looked different.

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