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Preview: Berenice Abbott and Charles Marville: The City In Transition, Howard Greene Gallery, New York City

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 3, 2014 at 11:36 am
New York City 1930s, Berenice Abbot (left) and Paris 1860s, Charles Marville (right)

New York City 1930s, Berenice Abbot (left) and Paris 1860s, Charles Marville (right)

Photography is often a medium to document our world, so that we might reflect and analyze in an effort to better understand it. It comes as little surprise, consequently, that since the camera arose simultaneously with industry and urbanization, photographers have kept close tabs on their homes of steel, cement, bright lights and smog. The exhibit will juxtapose New York and Paris, each through one of its noted photographers.

Inspired by Eugène Atget, whom she had met in Paris shortly before he died, Abbott had been struck by what she described as the “unadorned realism” of his photographs.  Every Wednesday she documented the social, commercial, and architectural aspects of New York City. From an Esso gas station to the Lyric Theater to the elevated Second and Third Avenue train lines, Abbott focused her lens on all aspects of the city including busy commercial streets, row houses, parks, docks, and bridges in all five boroughs – a project that would stand as the centerpiece of her career.

As official photographer for the city of Paris, Marville recorded the disappearance of the Old Paris and also focused on the creation of the new city, an urban vision that dominates Paris even today. From 1865 to 1869, his subjects ranged from a spectacularly elaborate wrought iron gate at Parc Monceau to a gas lamp suspended from an arcade at the Louvre to a street lamp and view at Gare de l’Ouest in Montparnasse.

 The exhibit will run through April 11.

For More Information: Howard Greenberg Gallery

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