In the style of Berenice ABBOTT (1898-1991): New York, Rockefeller Center, original vintage photograph

 

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In the style of Berenice ABBOTT (1898-1991): 'Rockefeller Center from 444 Madison Avenue'. Variant of ABBOTT File 193.
Original Vintage Gelatin Silver-Print Photograph from the 1940's, edited by the American Services of Information and distributed in Paris/France after the Second World War in 1946. No stamp on the back.

Text in French underneath, describing this picture numbered on the top 'FNF 117672' and W-334' on the bottom. (Scan on request)

Newly framed under glass with silvered wood frame

Photo: 23 x 18 cm - 9 x 7 in
Frame: 42 x 35 cm - 16 1/2 x 13 3/4 in

Bibliography

This photo is one of Abbott's best known images from her NYC photo essay. It's a variant of the one reproduced in Bonnie YOCHELSON's book: Berenice ABBOTT: Changing New York. NY. The New Press. 1999. Middle East Side 27 (Different light, no shadows on the buildings). Commentary on p.383: 'Begun in the early days of the depression, Rockefeller Center was a 12 acre Skyscraper city (...) In 1937, when most of the complex was complete, Abbott returned for an overview. from the roof of a 40-story office building at 444 Madison Avenue, she looked west over Saks Fifth Avenue. The four tallest structures - the RCA Building (center), the International Building (right), the RKO Building (right middle distance), and the Time-Life Building, with its Windows taped and nearing Completion (left) - soar over Hell's Kitchen (...). Abbott's views from 444 Madison Avenue are now blocked by more recent skyscrapers. The 1989 Swiss Bank Tower obstructs Abbott's westward view of Rockefeller Center'.

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