New York: Horizon Press, 1970. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's tawny cloth, spine and upper board gilt, tan endpapers, original printed dust jacket.
"Photography doesn't teach you to express your emotions; it teaches you how to see." First edition of Berenice Abbott’s definitive monograph. Originally trained as a sculptor in Paris working under Bourdelle, Abbott incidentally met and began to work for Man Ray in the early 1920s where she photographed noted expat writers and artists such as Cocteau, Gide, and Joyce. Upon her return to the US, she began her landmark project documenting the architecture of New York under the auspices of the Federal Art Project. Published in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art’s 1970 retrospective of Abbott's work, and divided in three main sections: "Faces of the Twenties," "New York," which includes a selection of her best-known photos from Changing New York (1939), and "Science," a selection of more abstract images taken while Abbott was working with MIT’s Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC). Illustrated throughout with black-and-white plates; foreword by Abbott’s close friend, the poet Muriel Rukeyser; introduction by New York School photographer David Vestal; with chronology, exhibition checklist, and bibliography. A few small nicks to edges of unclipped dust jacket, else fine. Item #4523