Thursday, March 5, 2009
The Keenest Eye
Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) was Man Ray's darkroom assistant, friend of Eugene Atget and the person most responsible for rescuing his work from oblivion. If that were not enough, she was also a great photographer on her own right. There was hardly anything she could not do well, whether it be portraits, cityscapes, landscapes or domestics interiors.
There is a commonplace saying about great photographers: they knew were to put the camera. this statement seems to have been invented for Abbott. Her framing is so precise, so apt, that you are left with the feeling that the picture could not possibly have been taken from any other perspective. A new two-volume edition of her work, "Berenice Abbott"(Steidl) only confirms this, proving in the bargain that when she photographed something, it stayed photographed.
Berenice Abbott published by Steidl /