Berenice Abbott, Night view (New York at night, Empire State Building, 350 Fith Ave., West Side, 34th and 33rd streets), 1932
(Source: Smithsonian Institution)
A day like today, but in 1898, Berenice Abbott was born. She is one of the most remarkable photographers of XXth century, so I want to pay homage to her today remembering this spectacular photo.
On Dec. 20, 1934, Between 4:30 and 5 p.m., Berenice Abbott’s camera was hanging off an upper floor of the Empire State Building recording New York City at Night. Many of the photos she took that night, together with others which represents Abbott’s passion for documenting New York City resulted in a documentary project that can be explored in her book Changing New York. Shots like this represent a new way of seeing the city, of seeing the world, with a fully modern vision.
You can find an extraordinary article about this photo by Shannon Perich (associate curator of the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History) in this wonderful blog.