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Abbott's work received enormous acclaim during her life time and stands today as an invaluable document of New York in the 1920s and 1930s.Berenice Abbott was born in Springfield, Ohio in 1898. She studied at Ohio State University in Columbus and initially intended to become a journalist. On a brief visit to New York she was inspired by the bohemian living she witnessed in Greenwich Village and, dropping her studies, moved there soon after.It was while in New York that she met Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray and soon became the latter's assistant. By 1928 she had her own photographs exhibited at the first Independent Salon of Photography and her work was highly acclaimed. Her photographs documented the changing face of New York City. It took her a long time to secure funding for this project but in 1939 her book, Changing New York was eventually published.She moved to Maine in 1966 and devoted much of her time to inventing photographic equipment and teaching photographic techniques. She spent many years championing the cause of the Parisian photographer Eugene Atget who Abbott described as one of her greatest influences. She remained living and working Maine until her death in 1991 and her last book was A Portrait of Maine (1968)."If it is to be utterly honest and direct, it should be related to the pulse of the times, the pulse of today." Berenice Abbott.

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