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BERENICE ABBOTT (1898–1991)
BERENICE ABBOTT (1898–1991)

View of Exchange Place from Broadway, New York, 1934

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BERENICE ABBOTT (1898–1991)
View of Exchange Place from Broadway, New York, 1934
gelatin silver print, printed 1936–1939
stamped photographer's '50 commerce st.' credit with title in pencil (verso)
image/sheet: 9 1/4 x 2 3/8 in. (23.4 x 6 cm.)
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by photographer Arthur Siegel (1913–1978), 1936–1939;
Edwynn Houk Gallery, Chicago;
acquired from the above by the present owner, 1985.
Literature
Muriel Rukeyser and David Vestal, Berenice Abbott: Photographs, Horizon Press, New York, 1970, p. 121.
Hank O’Neal and Berenice Abbott, Berenice Abbott: American Photographer, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1982, p. 130.
Cheryl Finley, Berenice Abbott, Commerce Graphics Ltd, Inc., New Jersey, 1988, n.p.
Hank O'Neal, Berenice Abbott: New York, Vol. 2., Steidl, Göttingen, 2008, p. 50.
Exhibited
Ithaca, New York, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, An American Portrait: Photographs from the Collection of Diann and Thomas Mann, April 1–June 12, 1994, no. 54.

Lot Essay

This photograph has always interested me; it was taken from Broadway, on about the tenth floor of a building that placed me as near as possible to looking straight down the street. I had devised a very low tripod that I used for shooting out of windows; it had adjustable legs and could be used on windowsills, holding my large Century Universal securely. It was used here. –Berenice Abbott

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