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Documentary in Dispute

Documentary in Dispute

The Original Manuscript of Changing New York by Berenice Abbott and Elizabeth McCausland

by Sarah Miller
Publication Date: 08/12/2020
RRP  $59.99 $56.75
The recreation of a landmark in 1930s documentary photography.

Berenice Abbott's Changing New York (1939) is the career-defining book by one of modernism's most prominent photographers and a landmark in 1930s documentary photography. Published in 1939 by E. P. Dutton with support from the New Deal's Federal Art Project, the book presented ninety-seven photographs from Abbott's larger WPA-funded "Changing New York" project (1935-1939), with by captions credited to art critic Elizabeth McCausland. Yet, because of editorial changes by the publisher, the book that Abbott and McCausland actually planned, sequenced, and wrote remains unseen. As a consequence, their wholly unique theory of documentary, along with their radical program for conjoining change, history, experience, and photography-trained vision in New York City's built environment, have been lost. This book recreates Changing New York as it was originally envisioned by Abbott and McCausland, presenting their original selection of photographs and McCausland's original and published captions.
Photography & photographs
Publication Date:
MIT Press Ltd
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller was founding editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveller UK, which she ran for 15 years before launching Condé Nast Traveller in India and China.

She was later appointed European Editor of Travel + Leisure and is currently CEO of Sarah Miller and Partners, and luxury brand ambassador of The Wall Street Journal.

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