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Author Weissman, Terri, 1969-

Title The realisms of Berenice Abbott : documentary photography and political action / Terri Weissman.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press ; Washington, D.C. : Phillips Collection, c2011.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  070.49 W438r 2011    ---  Available
Description 249 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Series The Phillips book prize series ; 2
Phillips book prize series ; 2.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Berenice Abbott : realist -- Paris portraits -- The great democratic book -- Changing New York -- PhotoPhysics.
Summary The Realisms of Berenice Abbott provides the first in-depth consideration of the work of the photographer Berenice Abbott. She is best known for her 1930s documentary images of New York City, but in this book, Terri Weissman examines a broad range of Abbott's work, including her portraits from the 1920s, her little-known and uncompleted projects from the 1930s, and her experimental science photography from the 1950s. Weissman argues that Abbott consistently relied on realism as the theoretical armature for her work, even as her understanding of that term changed over time and in relation to specific historical circumstances. As Weissman demonstrates, Abbott's unflinching commitment to "realist" aesthetics led her to develop a critical theory of documentary that recognizes the complexity of representation without excluding or obscuring a connection between art and engagement in the political public sphere. In telling Abbott's story, The Realisms of Berenice Abbott reveals insights into the politics and social context of documentary production and presents a thoughtful analysis of why documentary remains a compelling artistic strategy today. --Book Jacket.
Subject Documentary photography -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Realism in art -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Politics in art -- History -- 20th century.
Abbott, Berenice, 1898-1991.
ISBN 9780520266759 (cloth : alk. paper)
0520266757 (cloth : alk. paper)

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