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Abbott, Berenice

Born: 1898 AD
Died: 1991 AD, at 93 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Photographers


1898 - Born on the 17 0f July Springfield, Ohio.

1918 - She attended the Ohio State University.

       - She moved with friends to New York's Greenwich Village, where she was adopted by the anarchist

             Hippolyte Havel.

1919 - She nearly died in the Spanish flu pandemic.

1921 - She went to Europe, spending two years studying sculpture in Paris and Berlin

        - She adopted the French spelling of her first name, "Berenice," at the suggestion of Djuna Barnes.

1923 - She was involved with photography.

1926 - She had her first solo exhibition (in the gallery "Au Sacre du Printemps") and started her own studio on the Rue du Bac.

1927 - She returned to Paris, after a short time studying photography in Berlin, and started a second studio,

              on the Rue Servandoni.

1928 - Her portraiture was unusual within exhibitions of modernist photography.

1929 - She visited New York City ostensibly to find an American publisher for Atget's photographs.

1930 - She was best known for her black-and-white photography of New York Architecture and urban design.

1933 - She supported herself with commercial work and teaching at the New School of Social Research.

1934 - She was asked by Henry-Russell Hitchcock to photograph two subjects: antebellum architecture and

               the architecture of H.H Richardson.

1935 - She was hired by the Federal Art Project (FAP) as a project supervisor for her "Changing New York"


       -She moved into a Greenwich Village loft with the art critic Elizabeth McCausland  with whom she lived.

1939 - She resigned from the FAP (Federal Art Project).

       - She had produced 305 photographs which were then deposited at the Museum of the City of New York.

1947 - She started the "House of Photography",to promote and sell some of her inventions.

1958 - She produced a series of photographs for a high-school physics text-book.

1991 - She died in retirement in Monson, Maine on the 9th Of December.


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