Art History: ‘Changing New York.’

by Berenice Abbott

Photographer Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) proposed Changing New York, her grand project to document New York City, to the Federal Art Project (FAP) in 1935.

Between 1935 and 1939, she made 307 black-and-white prints of New York City that endure as some of the most iconic images of the city’s changing face.

Abbott’s efforts resulted in a book in 1939 ‘Changing New York’, in advance of the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow NY. At the project’s conclusion, the FAP distributed complete sets of Abbott’s images to high schools, libraries and other public institutions in the metropolitan area.

Many of the photographs are now in the public domain and have been made available online by the New York Public Library.

photos by Berenice Abbott (1898-1991)


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