Berenice Abbott. Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, Manhattan. July 16, 1936

Berenice Abbott Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, Manhattan July 16, 1936

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 510 The David Geffen Wing

Having spent several years in France closely studying Eugène Atget’s documentation of a disappearing Paris, Abbott returned to New York in 1929 to find a city transformed. Fueled by a financial bubble that was soon to pop, newly constructed skyscrapers created dizzying views and canyon-like streets that dwarfed the scale of human activity. Abbott’s attentive urban observations were captured in her 1939 photobook Changing New York. Related photographs had been published years earlier in the French weekly Vu, testifying to the transatlantic transmission of such imagery.

Gallery label from 2020
Gelatin silver print
9 1/4 × 7 1/4" (23.5 × 18.4 cm)
Gift of the Board of Education, the City of New York
Object number
© 2021 Estate of Berenice Abbott

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