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We are pleased to announce the release of the new book Berenice Abbott.  This book can be previewed at www.steidl.de.  In conjunction with the book, a fine dust grained gravure of the iconic image, Nightview, New York, 1932, has been published in an edition of one hundred and twenty five copies. For more information or to order copies please contact us by e-mail  or telephone at 212.517.7648

Commerce Graphics and Steidl are pleased to announce the release of Berenice Abbott. This two volume book is the definitive publication on the life and work of one of the masters of the photographic medium.


Berenice Abbott is one of the most significant figures in photography and her accomplishments in the field were more wide ranging than any of her contemporaries. Berenice Abbott not only offers a comprehensive retrospective of her complete oeuvre, encompassing all the primary projects she undertook in her 60 year career, but also presents this work in context with her other accomplishments: inventor, author, teacher and photo historian.


Volume I contains Abbott’s portraits beginning in Paris in the 1920s. They include many of the most notable and influential writers, artists, politicians and personalities of the day. Less well-known aspects of her work are also well represented, such as her images of the American Scene including her ground breaking US Route 1 project and her work in Maine in the 1960s. More importantly, this volume also includes Abbott’s final major undertaking considered by many to be her crowning achievement – documenting science. This subject consumed her from 1939 to 1961, culminating with three triumphant years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, producing work of astounding beauty and clarity for the Physical Science Study Committee.


Volume II is devoted to her photographs of New York. The monumental project Changing New York, documenting the physical and social changes of the city in the 1930s, is supplemented by her photographs prior to and after that work as well as those of Greenwich Village in 1947 - 1948.

Limited Edition Dust Grained Gravure

Nightview, New York, 1932, by Berenice Abbott

Berenice Abbott, A Two Volume book on the life and work of the Master Photographer.

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