BERENICE ABBOTT 1982 Silver Gelatin SCIENCE SERIES Photograph Print


Berenice Abbott (American 1898 - 1991)

Science series 1958 - 1960.
Silver Gelatin print 11/60
Photo measures 19" x 13".
Signed in pencil at lower right and numbered 11/60 lower left Studio Label on the back, dated 1982.
Excellent condition.
Mounted, without framing.
Please note, there are no spots on the photograph, it is in perfect condition. The spots in photos are reflections of light.
These gelatin silver prints taken in conjunction with MIT’s Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) to illustrate a new physics textbook in 1960 used by millions of high school students.
Berenice Abbott is best known for her striking, black-and-white photographs of New York City buildings, which she photographed as though taking portraits. In the 1920s she served as a darkroom assistant to Man Ray in Paris (she had modeled for him earlier in New York), where she encountered such leading cultural voices of the day as James Joyce, Max Ernst, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. She found inspiration in the Parisian streetscapes of Eugène Atget, an influence that would carry into “Changing New York” (1935-38), her major body of work for the Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project. She strove to create objective photographs that stood on their own merit, rather than referencing other art forms. “Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium,” she said. “It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.”