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New York changing : revisiting Berenice Abbott's New York /
Douglas Levere ; text by Bonnie Yochelson.
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New York, N.Y. : Princeton Architectural Press, c2005.
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191 p. : ill.
ISBN
1568984731 (alk. paper)
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New York, N.Y. : Princeton Architectural Press, c2005.
isbn
1568984731 (alk. paper)
general note
"Berenice Abbott's Changing New York project captured a modern vision of Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs in the 1930s. From 1997 to 2003, I returned to the original sites, with the identical 8x10 Century Universal camera that Abbott used, and at the same time of day and year Abbott's photographs were taken, revealing New York Changing over sixty years"--P. 10.
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5255653
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-04-01:
Yochelson's Berenice Abbott: Changing New York (1997) renewed interest in the documentary campaign Abbott carried out beginning in 1935. But even before the date of that book, Levere had discovered Abbott's work and set out to re-photograph the scenes she had captured and sealed in time. Working with a similar camera and lenses, he made every attempt to exactly duplicate her images. His project has resulted in 114 of Abbott's 305 sites being re-photographed, and 81 of these are reproduced in this book. Yochelson, who has championed Abbott's work for many years, wrote the introduction as she did for the 1997 work. Levere explains his project goals, and architectural critic Paul Goldberger contributes the preface. The book consists of side-by-side reproductions of the two photographers' images, with brief captions that explain the content in the Abbott picture and the differences revealed by Levere's. In effect, this is a treatise on a changing city, a city altered, a city alive. Goldberger writes about the notion of progress, the arc of the life of a city. This book handsomely reveals this idea. It is a kind of diary that confronts us with the past, the present, and maybe the future. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. P. C. Bunnell emeritus, Princeton University
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Berenice Abbott's 'Changing New York' project captured a modern vision of Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs in the 1930s. Douglas Levere returned to the original sites, with an identical 8x10 Century Universal camera & at the same times of day & year, to reveal New York changing over 60 years.
Main Description
In 1935 photographer Berenice Abbott documented New York's evolution into a city of skyscrapers. Now Douglas Levere revisits the sites of 100 of Abbott's photos, duplicating her compositions. New York Changing pairs Levere's and Abbott's images, creating a remarkable commentary on the changing face of a metropolis known for constantly reinventing itself.
Main Description
In 1935 the renowned photographer Berenice Abbott set out on a five-year, WPA-funded project to document New York's transformation from a nineteenth-century city into a modern metropolis of towering skyscrapers. The result was the landmark publication Changing New York, a milestone in the history of photography that stands as an indispensable record of the Depression-era city. More than sixty years later, New York is an even denser city of steel-and-glass and restless energy. Guided by Abbott's voice and vision, New York photographer Douglas Levere has revisited the sites of 100 of Abbott's photographs, meticulously duplicating her compositions with exacting detail; each shot is taken at the same time of day, at the same time of year, and with the same type of camera. New York Changing pairs Levere's and Abbott's images, resulting in a remarkable commentary on the evolution of a metropolis known for constantly reinventing itself.
Main Description
In 1935 the renowned photographer Berenice Abbott set out on a five-year, WPA-funded project to document New York's transformation from a nineteenth-century city into a modern metropolis of towering skyscrapers. The result was the landmark publication 'Changing New York', a milestone in the history of photography that stands as an indispensable record of the Depression-era city.More than sixty years later, New York is an even denser city of steel-and-glass and restless energy. Guided by Abbott's voice and vision, New York photographer Douglas Levere has revisited the sites of 100 of Abbott's photographs, meticulously duplicating her compositions with exacting detail; each shot is taken at the same time of day, at the same time of year, and with the same type of camera. 'New York Changing' pairs Levere's and Abbott's images, resulting in a remarkable commentary on the evolution of a metropolis known for constantly reinventing itself.
Main Description
In 1935 the renowned photographer Berenice Abbott set out on a five-year, WPA-funded project to document New York's transformation from a nineteenth-century city into a modern metropolis of towering skyscrapers. The result was the landmark publication Changing New York , a milestone in the history of photography that stands as an indispensable record of the Depression-era city. More than sixty years later, New York is an even denser city of steel-and-glass and restless energy. Guided by Abbott's voice and vision, New York photographer Douglas Levere has revisited the sites of 100 of Abbott's photographs, meticulously duplicating her compositions with exacting detail; each shot is taken at the same time of day, at the same time of year, and with the same type of camera. New York Changing pairs Levere's and Abbott's images, resulting in a remarkable commentary on the evolution of a metropolis known for constantly reinventing itself.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 7
Prefacep. 9
Revisiting Berenice Abbott's Changing New Yorkp. 10
Introductionp. 15
Platesp. 21
Downtown Manhattan, Eastp. 22
Downtown Manhattan, Westp. 74
Midtownp. 114
North of 120th street and outer boroughsp. 152
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