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Vista: Thames Street, No. 22, Man.

Berenice Abbott


When the American photographer Berenice Abbott returned to New York in 1929 after nearly a decade in France, she found a city transformed by modern life. After the Works Progress Administration was established a few years later, she was hired to document the city, producing a large number of often dramatically composed images reflecting its changing features. In this image, Abbott photographed the Trinity and U.S. Realty Buildings (1904−07) on Broadway and Thames Street in the southern part of Manhattan. Older buildings and warehouses sit in the shadow of twentieth-century office towers. Abbott’s steep perspective emphasizes the contrasts in scale and the break between old and new.
MEDIUM Gelatin silver photograph
DATES February 15, 1938
DIMENSIONS 9 5/16 x 7 1/8 in. (23.7 x 18.1 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Stamped on verso: "Federal Art Project 'Changing New York'"; "Place: Manhattan"; "Neg. #282 Code 1-D"
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991). Vista: Thames Street, No. 22, Man., February 15, 1938. Gelatin silver photograph, 9 5/16 x 7 1/8 in. (23.7 x 18.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X858.24 (Photo: , X858.24_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, X858.24_PS9.jpg., 2018
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