Famous Photographer

Bereniece Abbott

Berenice Abbott

Berenice Abbott was born on July 17, 1898, in Springfield, Ohio. Until, her sudden death in Monson, Maine on December 9, 1991. (She was only 93.)

Early Life

Berenice was raised for a part of her life from her divorced mother, and was attending Ohio State University. Until in the early 1918's, Berenice and some of her friends, Djuna Barnes (famous writer), Kenneth Burke (philosopher), and Malcolm Cowley (literary critic), moved out of OSU, and into New York's Greenwich Village, were in that year she was adopted by an anarchistic Hippolyte Havel. Berenice at first was interested in the field of journalism, but decided to become interested in the field of theater and sculptures.


Berenice's style was always black and white photos, but her style was either scientific photos or architectural. Berenice is known for her photos that she's taken in downtown New York City, during the 60's.

How did Berenice become famous?

In 1926 she opened up her own portrait studio, and for the next three years photographed the great and the famous places of city's captured the beauty of the world. Her photos recently been discovered by well known photographers, that decided to make her a worldwide famous photographer.

Interviewing Berenice Abbott

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Why did you decide to become a photographer?

~I didn't decide to be a photographer; I just happened to fall into it.

What was your biggest challenge in your career?

~The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are, whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball. In a word, I have tried to be objective.

What does photography mean to you?

~Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.

Would you say your camera captures the true image of a picture?

~The camera is no more an instrument of preservation, the image captures the true essence of the picture.

Would photography ever get old to you?

~Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.

Interviewing cretics

Would you think Berenice always had an interest in photography?

~Initially, Abbott had no interest in photography and had no intention of becoming anything but a good darkroom assistant.

How do concider Berenice's career?

~Berenice Abbott is considered the photographer of New York City.

What was Berenice known for?

~Berenice Abbott was an American photographer best known for her work with expatriates in Paris and of Depression New York City neighborhoods.

What do I apperciate about Berenice Abbott?

I appreciate Berenice for finding her true passion in her career. Instead of becoming a writer and not enjoying the pleasure in it, she found the pleasure in photography. She was an independent women who not only captured the true beauty of a picture, but expressed herself through her photos.