Second Post: Historic Influences

who / where / when: Berenice Abbott.  New York City, 1920’s and 1930’s.

what: I feel the true focal point of the photo is the woman in the window.  There’s a lot going on in the photo but the woman draws your eye.  Abbott uses framing to bring your eye to the woman through the bread and the whole window.  Also, the woman is not in the very center, basically rule of thirds.  While there are whites and blacks the photo is mostly gray, which is awesome.

why: Her work captures the New York City architecture.  As Wikipedia says, many of the buildings she shows have long since been torn down.  She really portrays the true life in New York in the 20/30’s.  I love how she shows raw life and architecture photography is deff my favorite.

how: She used a Century Universal camera that produced 8×10 inch negatives (jesus!).  My assumption is that the woman in the window was slightly aware of the photograph as she seems to be looking at the camera.  But, I doubt Abbott told her she was going to take a picture of her.

links: This is the link to the Abbott’s wiki bio and more of her work.


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