‘a series of buildings connected by its everyday-life and its heroic graphics’
Berenice Abbott captured everyday life in its simplest form. Her photographs secured life into still frames resulting in the preservation of society and architecture typifying the 1930’s. The still images that she was able to incorporate allowed a sense of movement to come through due to the aspects of everyday-life that has been instilled within them. Generally, people will associate a building with their use or contribution to the world, by incorporating the use of perspective it allows the photograph to draw the viewer’s eyes instead to the architectural features of the building. The line of sight draws your attention from the different architectural aspects encapsulating the city in its purest form, thus allowing the character and uniqueness of the city to shine through. These techniques then allow the audience to unmask how the idea of style has evolved in the world, from the historical designs of the buildings in The Rocks and city to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, uncovering a timeline in the history of design in architecture. It is through the photographer’s techniques in which she captures the history of the city as the everyday person would from their own perspective. This technique presents the development of architecture in the evolving world.
- Photography in America, Portfolio-Berenice Abbott’s New York, 1930s.2014, viewed 24 March 2017, <https://photographyinamerica.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/portfolio-berenice-abbotts-new-york-1930s-2/>
- Redtree Times, Berenice Abbott’s NY. 2013, viewed 24 March 2017, <https://redtreetimes.com/2013/10/13/berenice-abbotts-ny/>