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New York Changing

Revisiting Berenice Abbott's New York

Douglas Levere, Bonnie Yochelson

     8.5 × 11 in (21.6 × 27.9 cm)
Hardcover
192 pages
170 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 11/1/2004
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568984735


In 1935 the renowned photographer Berenice Abbott set out on a five-year, WPA-funded project to document New York's transformation from a nineteenth-century city into a modern metropolis of towering skyscrapers. The result was the landmark publication Changing New York, a milestone in the history of photography that stands as an indispensable record of the Depression-era city.

More than sixty years later, New York is an even denser city of steel-and-glass and restless energy. Guided by Abbott's voice and vision, New York photographer Douglas Levere has revisited the sites of 100 of Abbott's photographs, meticulously duplicating her compositions with exacting detail; each shot is taken at the same time of day, at the same time of year, and with the same type of camera. New York Changing pairs Levere's and Abbott's images, resulting in a remarkable commentary on the evolution of a metropolis known for constantly reinventing itself.


Douglas Levere is a New York-based photographer whose works have been published in Newsweek, Business Week, Forbes, and People. Bonnie Yochelson is an art historian and former curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York. She has written extensively on New York photography including Berenice Abbott: Changing New York.


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