Synopses & Reviews
'\"A detailed biography of the photographer and innovator who felt that she made photographs and didn\'t just take them.\"'
"Thoroughly instructive and inspiring." HORN BOOK
"Thoroughly instructive and inspiring."
"This gorgeously produced volume is a fine celebration of...an important American artist. The prose is lively and engaging." Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"A fine portrait of a significant photographer." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"Thoroughly instructive and inspiring." Horn Book
"A detailed biography of the photographer and innovator who felt that she made photographs and didn't just take them." School Library Journal
"In a compelling, generously illustrated biography, Sullivan presents both woman and work within appropriate social, artistic, and technological contexts." Horn Book Guide, Pointer
One theme repeatedly crops up in the life and career of Berenice Abbott: her refusal to be defined by other peopleand#8217;s expectations. Spurning traditional roles for women of her era, she lived a bohemian life among other artists in New Yorkand#8217;s Greenwich Village and Paris, and embarked upon a career in what was then a male-dominated field. Decades later, her photographs are celebrated as some of the most authentic images of a city ever captured on film, and she is remembered not only as a master American photographer but also as a teacher, writer, inventor, and photographic archivist.
Veteran nonfiction writer George Sullivan draws on his vast knowledge of the photographic world to chronicle Berenice Abbottand#8217;s life and career, and to present a fascinating social portrait of the artistic community of New York in the early half of the 20th century. Interviews with her contemporaries and high- quality reproductions of some of her most famous photographs provide an illuminating image of this determined, spirited woman who changed the face of American photography. Bibliography, index.
About the Author
George Sullivan has written more than 100 books for young people on topics ranging from history to sports to photography, among them MATHEW BRADY: HIS LIFE AND PHOTOGRAPHS (Cobblehill). This is his first book for Clarion. Mr. Sullivan lives in New York City.