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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (June 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618440267
  • ASIN: B008SM1UOW
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,111,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 9 Up–This is a detailed biography of the photographer and innovator who felt that she made photographs and didn't just take them. Her 1930s pictures of New York City and of Paris socialites are still well known, and hers were the first images used to illustrate theories of physics. Her life was enthralling, even if her story ended, as Abbott claimed, 20 years before her death at 93, when she purchased a home in Maine and lived these years in near solitude. Not only have Abbott's honest portraits and remarkable cityscapes been celebrated since the 1960s, but some of her inventions are still used by photographers. The reproductions are outstanding, featuring crisp lines and deep detail. Quotes from Abbott offer foundational support for imaging workshops, though it is unclear whether high school students will be captivated enough by the prosaic writing to grasp fully the impact that this artist had on modern imaging techniques.–Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH
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*Starred Review* Gr. 6-9. Born in Ohio in 1898, Abbott made her way to Greenwich Village in 1918, and then to Paris, where she found her calling in photography, which she practiced with uncommon drive and an uncompromising sense of purpose for 60 years, primarily in New York City. In the 1930s she received financial support from the Federal Art Project for an ambitious project called Changing New York, traveling through Manhattan, photographing its streets, buildings, shops, and houses with the straightforward realism that characterized all her work. Later projects included science photography and teaching. Sullivan brings together an enormous amount of information about Abbott and presents it in a clear, thoughtful manner. Through discussions of Abbot's life and work, Sullivan reveals her personal strengths and shortcomings as well as establishing the scope and significance of her accomplishments. Large, clear reproductions of Abbott's photos appear throughout the book, and readers looking for more examples are referred to books as well as an online resource. Back matter includes source notes for the many quotes used and an extensive list of books and interviews. A fine portrait of a significant photographer that will partner well with Restless Spirit (1998), Elizabeth Partridge's biography of Dorothea Lange. Carolyn Phelan
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the world of children's biographies, there are gaps where you wouldn't expect gaps, and bios where you would certainly not expect bios. At the library in which I work we sport a particularly nice collection of photographer's lives. Your kid wants to do a piece on Margaret Bourke-White? We've five on her alone (not including the collections of "women photographers" she appears in). How about Dorothea Lange? Yep, we've four. So when I saw this new bright n' shiny book on Berenice Abbott I became curious. Just how many children's biographies of Berenice Abbott are there in the entire New York Public Library system? Five? Three? Not even. We have one single book for children that mentions Berenice, and even then the title is, "Focus On America: Profiles of Nine Photographers". I dare say that up until this moment in time, there has not been a single bio of Ms. Abbott worthy of children's consumption. Now all that has changed. Author George Sullivan, best known perhaps for his architectural tribute, "Built To Last", has written a serviceable biography of a woman who was arguably the best photographer of New York to date.

Born in Springfield, Ohio on July 17, 1898, the story of Abbot begins with an unhappy childhood. She was the youngest of four children and a witness to her mother's multiple divorces. She attended Ohio State University for a little while, but the siren call of New York City called her away her Sophomore year and she never went back. There she lived the very essence of the Bohemian Greenwich Village life before finally high-tailing it to France to learn sculpture. While in Paris she became a photography assistant to Man Ray and began to take portraits of some of the greats. Having established herself she came BACK to America in 1929.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine A. Davis on January 30, 2014
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So I really liked some of the photos in the house and with Harry Lunn and with her cat Butch who I remember!!! She used to drive her old Mercedes with him on her lap. A good solid history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon M. Bressen VINE VOICE on November 19, 2013
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A brilliant photographer whose portfolio documents the early times of New York City. Her photographs tell stories just by looking at them.
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I got a sense of the photographer's essential style from this book. I have always admired her photographs.
This book is a must read for anyone interested in modern photography.
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By Simo B on November 10, 2012
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Excellent conditions, great book for the content. It goes above and beyond my expectations. I am very satisfied with my purchase.
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