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- DescriptionThe Realisms of Berenice Abbott provides the first in-depth consideration of the work of photographer Berenice Abbott. Though best kwn for her 1930s documentary images of New York City, this book examines a broad range of Abbott's work - including portraits from the 1920s, little kwn and uncompleted projects from the 1930s, and experimental science photography from the 1950s. It argues that Abbott consistently relied on realism as the theoretical armature for her work, even as her understanding of that term changed over time and in relation to specific historical circumstances. But as Weissman demonstrates, Abbott's unflinching commitment to 'realist' aesthetics led her to develop a critical theory of documentary that recognizes the complexity of representation without excluding or obscuring a connection between art and engagement in the political public sphere. In telling Abbott's story, The Realisms of Berenice Abbott reveals insights into the politics and social context of documentary production and presents a thoughtful analysis of why documentary remains a compelling artistic strategy today.
- Author BiographyTerri Weissman is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is a contributing editor to American Modern: Documentary Photography by Abbott, Evans, and Bourke-White (UC Press).
- Author(s)Terri Weissman
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication10/01/2011
- Series TitleThe Phillips Book Prize Series
- Series Part/Volume Number2
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note80 b/w photographs
- Weight513 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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