Berenice Abbott

Bernice Abbott

1898 (Springfield, Ohio) – 1991 (Monson, Maine)

In her early bohemian days in New York she met Millay (whether they really had an affair is unknown) and posed for Ray. Barnes and Burke shared a house with her. Later in Paris, she became Ray’s assistant — he wanted someone who knew nothing about photography. Through him she befriended Atget, photo’d him, found he’d died when she took the prints around, and made it a lifetime project to get his work known. Noguchi sculpted her head, she photographed him (and many other art-world notables). She and Strand established the radically-oriented Photo League back in New York.

Berenice Abbott knew…