Influential New York City Photographer’s Print Up for Auction
Berenice Abbott's work captured shift from 'old New York' to bustling Metropolis.
During a time of great change in New York City history, photographer Berenice Abbott was there to capture the moments on camera.
And now almost 80 original prints of hers will hit the block during Heritage Auctions’ Photographs Signature Auction May 18-19 in New York City.
After returning to New York City in 1929, the former darkroom assistant turned her lens on a New York City undergoing both rapid change and the hardships of the Great Depression.
Iconic photographs of New York City landmarks such as the New York Stock Exchange (est. $3,000-5,000), the construction of Rockefeller Center (est. $1,500-2,500) and Broadway to the Battery ($1,000-2,000) will be among the auction highlights.
“Berenice Abbott spent years chronicling the evolution of New York City. She captured the architecture, the people and the spirit of one of the busiest, most dynamic and influential cities in the world,” Heritage Auctions Director of Photography Nigel Russell said in a statement.
Many of the photographs at the Heritage auction were the result of a decade of documenting New York City, the basis of a book entitled Changing New York.
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