Berenice Abbott: A View of the 20th Century, 1992

Video (56:16): ‘The only pleasure you can get from creating something is the pleasure you have in doing it, not the final product even,’ the photographer Berenice Abbott (1898–1991) once said of her work. ‘That cannot be taken away from you and it cannot be crushed.’ This clear-eyed, insightful documentary, directed by Martha Wheelock and Kay Weaver, offers a grand tour of Abbott’s extraordinary life, from her youth in Ohio and apprenticeship in Paris through her later groundbreaking scientific photography at MIT and final years in Maine. – The MET, New York

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