Berenice Abbott was no exception. Born in 1898, she came to Paris in 1921, studied sculpture, experimented with photography, and worked with Man Ray before opening her own portrait studio in 1926. She photographed the heart of the avant-garde scene, including American expatriates, bohemians, and the literary community. Influenced heavily by surrealism, her subjects were often in disguise, or in dramatic light with strong graphic backgrounds, or distorted in her printing process.
|Jean Cocteau (1926)|
In the summer of 1935, Abbott took to the road to capture America through its people and their habitats (farms, diners, bars, and dance halls). She went first to the southern U.S. and later along Route 1 of the east coast creating images that documented life during that difficult period. And, in the 1950s, she produced a remarkable series of photographs as she documented the laws of physics.
The Berenice Abbott exhibit at the Jeu de Paume includes 120 photographs as well as books and documents never before exhibited. It runs until 29 April.
Avoid the long lines for this popular exhibit and join the special WICE guided tour on Tuesday evening, March 13 at 18h45. For more information, click here.
Photographs courtesy of Jeu de Paume press site/Ronald Kurtz/Commerce Graphics © Berenice Abbott.