Berenice Abbott - Christopher Street shop, New York
Christopher Street shop, New York
Vintage gelatin silver print. 24.3 x 19 cm (25.3 x 20.3 cm). Signed in pencil and annotated in an unknown hand in pencil on the verso. - Matted.
Independent of one another, Berenice Abbott and André Kertész photographed the same shop on the small workshop on the Christopher Street in New York, apparently attracted by the window display which featured a clock with a very large dial and a wooden vehicle for transportation. Whilst Kertész heightens the scurrility of the scene with the shadow of an unseen passer-by falling into the picture from the left, Abbott's conception on the other hand was rather more factually documentary, the gaze trained on the pictures of her model Eugène Atget in the streets of Paris.
Hank O'Neal, Berenice Abbott. American Photographer, New York 1982, ill. p. 193 (here titled: Repair Shop, Christopher Street)