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Berenice Abbott Hardcover – Box set, November 1, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl; Slp edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3865215920
  • ISBN-13: 978-3865215925
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 12.3 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,583,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very nicely done and bound.
Bayou Boy
The first book contains portraits, the American scene and Abbott's awesome scientific photographs, while the second book is all New York.
Itacal
I thought this was a wonderful pictorial two volume treat revealing the best of Berenice Abbott's work.
Robin Benson

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on June 30, 2009
I thought this was a wonderful pictorial two volume treat revealing the best of Berenice Abbott's work. Like others I was aware of her remarkable coverage of New York architecture in the thirties but I didn't know that she also worked on a large assignment in 1954 photographing US Route 1 from Florida to Maine and between 1940 and 1961 developed techniques for doing scientific photos.

Book One starts with Hank O'Neal's succinct eleven page essay followed by: Portraits (1925 to 1985) with forty-two plates; The American Scene (1935 to 1983) with forty-six plates; and Science with twenty-three plates. I thought the portraits more interesting for the people she photographed, especially the ones taken in Paris during the twenties, rather than the images themselves. Turn over the pages and a string of cultural personalities pass before you: Peggy Guggenheim; James Joyce; Jean Cocteau; Andre Gide; Edna St. Vincent Millay or Sylvia Beach for instance. The American Scene selection I found much more fascination with the 1954 Route 1 photos very reminiscent of the FSA images from the thirties. The science selection by their nature don't easily fall into what might be called creative photography but I thought the interesting point here is that a female had successfully invaded what was essentially a male preserve of scientific photography and Abbott more or less did it on her own.

Book Two has 149 photos devoted to New York taken between 1930 and 1956 though there are only seven taken after 1938 so the bulk of them are from Abbott's monumental study capturing the changing face of New York buildings and everyday life. These photos are really quite stunning, the sort of images that you can pore over and still find something fresh each time you look.
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By Marco Paoluzzo on May 18, 2014
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Berenice Abbott with its best pictures. The changing New York in the thities, portraits and other stuff. Beautifully printed by Steidl on a incredible paper. Definitevely the BEST book on Abbott.
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Quickly becoming one of my favorite photographers ... largely because of this collection and the Unknown Berenice Abbott, both published by Steidl. I knew Abbott was a fine photographer, but this collection, and the Unknown, do a great job is showing just how wide was Abbott's range as a photographer. The first book contains portraits, the American scene and Abbott's awesome scientific photographs, while the second book is all New York. The first book is great because the sections are so different in style and technique. The second book is phenomenal largely because of its singular focus. Much like W. Eugene Smith's Pittsburgh Project, Abbott's New York photos are brilliant and beautiful, unequaled, in my opinion! And Steidl books are simply magnifiscent!
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By P. Golden on December 4, 2012
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To the serious student of black and white photography this book is a must ... The 2 volume format breaks down here career in a logical fashion ... A beautiful presentation ...
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