Photos of 1930s New York City by Berenice Abbott [feedly]
Photos of 1930s New York City by Berenice Abbott
The Federal Art Project was a Depression-era program that launched in 1935 to fund projects by visual artists in the US. That same year, American photographer Berenice Abbott received funding for a "Changing New York" photo project to document New York City.
She shot 305 photos for the project between 1935 and 1939, and her work was published in a photo book and distributed to public institutions in New York.
Abbott's goal with her NYC photos was to capture the diversity of people in NYC, the places they're found, and their daily lives. Many of her photos are lasting documentations of old buildings as they stood before being torn down and replaced with modern constructions.
Here's a gallery of Abbott's "Changing New York" photos:
You can view all 300+ of Abbott's photos from this project over in the New York Public Library's Digital Collections website.
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