"The photo volume 'Old Paris and Changing New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott', edited by Kevin Moore (ed.) gives an insightful new look at two renowned photographers, their interconnected legacies, and the vital documents of urban transformation that they created.
In this comprehensive study, Kevin Moore examines the relationship between Eugène ATGET (1857-1927) and Berenice ABBOTT (1898-1991) and the nuances of their individual photographic projects. Berenice ABBOTT and Eugène ATGET met in MAN RAY's Paris studio in the early 1920s. Eugène ATGET, then in his sixties, was obsessively recording the streets, gardens, and courtyards of the 19th-century city 'old Paris' as modernization transformed it. Berenice ABBOTT acquired much of Eugène ATGET's work after his death and was a tireless advocate for its value. She later relocated to New York and emulated Eugène ATGET in her systematic documentation of that city, culminating in the publication of the project 'Changing New York'.
This engaging publication, 'Old Paris and Changing New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott', edited by Kevin Moore, discusses how, during the 1930s and 1940s, Abbott paid further tribute to Eugène ATGET by publishing and exhibiting his work and by printing hundreds of images from his negatives, using the gelatin silver process. Through Berenice ABBOTT's efforts, Eugène ATGET became known to an audience of photographers and writers who found diverse inspiration in his photographs. Berenice ABBOTT herself is remembered as one of the most independent, determined, and respected photographers of the 20th century." (© Yale Press, 2018)