New York Changing: Revisiting Berenice Abbott's New York

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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. ...
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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781568984735
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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Douglas Levere is a New York-based photographer whose works have been published in Newsweek, Business Week, Forbes, and People.

Bonnie Yochelson is an art historian and former curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York. She has written extensively on New York photography including Berenice Abbott: Changing New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface 9
Revisiting Berenice Abbott's Changing New York 10
Introduction 15
Plates 21
Downtown Manhattan, East 22
Downtown Manhattan, West 74
Midtown 114
North of 120th street and outer boroughs 152
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2004

    Fascinating for anyone who likes NYC, photography or history

    I am planning on getting this book for friends for the holidays - both those who live in NYC and those who just love it. The comparison between NYC in the 30s and now is compelling - what is new, what is missing and what remains. There were buildings that were boarded up for the depression that are utilized now. The pictures are beautiful and Mr. Levere did a great job making parallel pictures that capture the same feeling about New York that Ms. Abbott did so long ago.

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