The Martin-Gropius-Bau will feature the photographs of 20th century street photographer Berenice Abbott in Berlin, July 1.
The exhibition, “Berenice Abbott – Photographs”, will give an outlook to the oeuvre of Abbott. Abbott’s influences include surrealist photographer Man Ray and street photographer Eugène Atget.
Around 80 images will be featured in the gallery, ranging from her “Changing New York” series, early portraits to her science-related photography. Her “Changing New York” series is one of her most recognized works.
“New York, like Paris, was also undergoing a transformation process. Old neighbourhoods were disappearing and replaced by a rapidly-growing skyline. Abbott moved from portrait photography to documenting and stayed in New York. She used Atget’s Paris pictures as a guide and began documenting the ever-changing city: Ruins and demolished buildings standing as equals beside new skyscrapers, advertisements as signatures of the modern city, but also decay and poverty became themes for her photography. Abbott utilizes the visual vocabulary of modernity. She prefers a simple, yet dynamic style with top and bottom views, excerpts, stark contrasts and dramatic contours. Changing New York is the name of the chronicle she produced between 1935 and 1939 and published as a book in 1939.” said the gallery in a press release.
After Abbott’s tenure as a street photographer, she became a picture editor as well as photographer in the magazine Science Illustrated for almost 20 years.
The exhibition will run through Oct. 3.
Learn more about this exhibit through the Martin-Gropius-Bau’s website. Images used are with permission from the gallery.