Berenice Abbott American left [1880-1943] Elizabeth Mc Causland American [1899-1965]
Berenice Abbott studied photography in Berlin and in Paris where she became Man Ray’s studio assistant. As early as 1926 she was an independent photographer, specialising in portraiture. She photographed Sylvia Beach, Janet Flanner, James Joyce, Djuna Barnes. She met many of them at N.C.Barney’s Salon. Three years later back in the US, she spent the next decade capturing through her photographs New York City under construction. Abbott then moved on to photograph scientific phenomena. Elizabeth Mc Causland, her partner was one of the first American female art critics. She loved artists and the important social role of art. She wrote the text for “Changing New York”, Abbott’s iconic photographic documentation of the making of a modern city.