Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, New York City, July 16, 1936 by Berenice Abbott

Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, New York City, July 16, 1936
1936
Modern Photography
Gelatin silver print
Collection of Museum of the City of New York, New York, New York, USA

The focus on the façade of the Exchange Court Building appears to define the space in-between the Adams Building and the North American Building. Abbot captured the narrow expanse between skyscrapers at Broadway and Exchange. Place. Exchange Place at barely 25 feet wide is overhung on either side by skyscrapers towering 300 and 400 feet high. Abbot presented this image of powerful modern structures towering over the pedestrian viewer.

Berenice Abbott
Straight Photography, Dada and Surrealist Photography, Modern Photography
Born: 17 July 1898, Ohio, USA
Nationality: American
Died: 9 December 1991, Maine, USA

Abbot was a photographer particularly known for portraits and documentary photographs which stressed the communicative and educational value of the photographic print. She followed a realist vision in her photographs recording history and her own experience to potentially inspire change in her audience., purposely facilitating interaction between photographer, photograph, and the viewer. Her realistic approach to photography originated in her career as a portrait photographer in Paris and the photographic realism of Eugène Atget. Following eight years working in Paris, Abbot moved to New York in 1929 and began to document the modern transformation of the city.

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