Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ryerson Image Centre Acquires Berenice Abbott Archive

"The Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto announced a major acquisition of pioneering American artist Berenice Abbott’s archive. Best known for her black-and-white images of New York’s changing cityscape, Abbott worked as an assistant to Man Ray and was an ardent practitioner of straight photography. Her archive comprises original negatives, photographs and other working materials.

Some 6,000 photographs are included in the archive, alongside 7,000 original negatives that range from the 1920s through to the 1980s, book maquettes, correspondence, personal journals and business records. Taken together, the collection offers the largest and most comprehensive overview of the artist’s work.

The RIC noted that highlights within the archive include Abbott’s early studio portraiture from Paris and New York, photographs from Changing New York (1935–39), landscape photography, the series A Portrait of Maine (1968) and examples of her scientific photography." - Canadian Art

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