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Abbott's first major photographic project, documenting New York City, began in 1929, shortly after she returned from Paris.  Her documentation of this growing and changing but ultimately timeless city is one of Abbott's finest accomplishments. There is little doubt it is the best known.  Abbott’s earliest photographs were simply notes, taken with a small camera for future reference. The size of her negatives and scope of her  project increased until finally, by 1932, all were made with her 8" x 10" Century Universal.  Many of her well known New York images were produced under the auspices of The Federal Art Project from 1935 to 1939.  However she continued to photograph New York City through 1956.