Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography

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W. W. Norton & Company
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7.0 X 1.8 X 9.3 inches | 2.6 pounds

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About the Author
Julia Van Haaften was founding curator of the New York Public Library's photography collection in 1980, and was instrumental in furthering digital initiatives at the library and the Museum of the City of New York. She lives in New York.
A profoundly researched biography of Berenice Abbott. Dramatically written, it is filled with delightful surprises, stunning tragedies, complex relationships...Everyone interested in the bold innovators of twentieth-century modern art will treasure this splendid book.--Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt
With the details and in-depth research of Julia Van Haaften, I have been introduced to Abbott in a new form...The vitality and strength of her as a woman artist is beyond moving and inspirational.--Catherine Opie, photographer
Julia van Haaften's life of Berenice Abbott is immersive, passionate, well-furnished, and beautifully judged and written. It is a fitting account of an extraordinary life. It made me wish I'd known Abbott, and I'm sure every reader will feel the same way.--Luc Sante, author of The Other Paris
Insightful. . . . A sophisticated take on Abbott's personal and artistic tragedies and triumphs.--Jane Ciabattari
[Van Haaften] chronicles Abbott's demanding life and extraordinary accomplishments with scrupulous detail. . . . [Her] expert foundational biography brings Abbott into sharp focus.
Thorough and enticing. . . . A full and nuanced portrait of a complicated, hardworking, and creatively brilliant artist.
The characters who parade through the pages of Julia Van Haaften's lively book--Man Ray, Duchamp, Atget, Joyce--constitute a procession of twentieth-century art in its most innovative form. She's gotten her hands on a subject who made us see the world in a new way.--James Atlas, author of Bellow: A Biography
Absorbing. . . . Abbott's integrity and sense of honor, her restless and fearless nature, and her absolute devotion to telling the truth of her experience, come through loud and clear.
Berenice Abbott captures a large and star-studded life. . . . A vital work of American cultural history.