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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 1. Berenice Abbott (1898–1991)

Berenice Abbott photographed common themes that taught the world about good photographic composition. She lived in Paris and New York City. In Paris, she was an assistant to experimental artist Man Ray in the 1920s. In his studio she photographed portraits of well-known artists and writers, such as author James Joyce, drummer Buddy Gilmore, and flamboyant artist Jean Cocteau.

During her time in New York City, Abbott worked for the Federal Arts Program. As part of the program, she photographed the streets of New York during the Depression. Her book, Changing New York, recorded everything from street corners to architecture and includes images of buildings that have long since been demolished. She also wrote ...

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