Berenice Abbott: Paris Portraits 1925-1930

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About the Author

Hank O'Neal, President of Chiaroscuro Records and HOSS, Inc., has produced over 200 jazz LPs and CDs and over 100 music festivals. Books of his own photos include several jazz titles and Gay Day: The Golden Age of the Christopher Street Parade. He is also the author of several books on photographer Berenice Abbott.
Berenice Abbott was a pioneer of documentary photography. A tireless proponent of realism, she achieved distinction within several genres of photography, over successive periods of her career. In France in the 1920s she assisted Man Ray in his portrait studio before setting out on her own. Her distinctive portraits made during the '20s captured artists in Paris with a timeless dignity. Her subjects included photographer Eugène Atget, whose reputation today results from Abbott's recognition and advocacy of his work. Moving back to New York in 1929, she immersed herself for a decade in documenting the city, publishing Changing New York in 1939. These became the photographs for which she is best known and loved. She went on to develop a serious interest in the documentation and visualizing of scientific phenomena, including as picture editor for Science Illustrated. For her last series, on U.S. Route 1, and Maine, Abbott returned to a more traditional documentary language. Abbott died in Monson, Maine, in 1991.


The subjects of Abbott's earliest photography project, now published in full for the first time as Paris Portraits 1925-1930, are never dull--particularly the women, who, in a dismissal of her male colleague's efforts, she aspired to capture as more than "pretty objects."--Prudence Peiffer "The New York Review of Books"
[The book] features 115 portraits of 83 subjects that have been scanned from the original glass negatives and printed in full, as well as the final crops as Abbott intended. The juxtaposing result, as O'Neal told In Sight, allows you to "see her process. You see what she is doing. You see an artist at work."--Karly Domb Sadof "The Washington Post"
a pristine collection examining the first phase of [Abbott's] career as a portrait photographer--Lew Whittington "New York Journal of Books"
a deeply intimate view into these quiet yet powerful photographs--Miss Rosen "Feature Shoot"
There is a unity in Abbott's portraiture--finely presented in Steidl's indispensible Paris Portraits: 1925-1930...the ambiguity a product of the interaction between Abbott and her sitter. Her great achievement was to capture this fleeting milieu, on neither her nor her subjects' terms exclusively, but on the fertile middle ground.--Julian Cosma "Art News"
She lived with Djuna Barnes, photographed Man Ray, and taught Marcel Duchamp how to dance. Upon the release of a book showcasing her famous Paris Portraits, we discover the woman behind the camera.--Carey Dunne "Another Magazine"'s the uncropped plates that turn Berenice Abbott - Paris Portraits 1925-1930 into the treasure it is, one of the finest photobooks I have come across this year.--Hank O'Neal ""
Inventor, entrepreneur, and "proud proto-feminist" Berenice Abbott was many things in addition to a pioneering photographer, but Steidl's gorgeous Paris Portraits 1925-1930 focuses on this discrete body of work; it's reportedly the first in a series of Abbott titles, the rest of which can't come soon enough.--John DeFore "The Hollywood Reporter"