With International Women’s Day approaching on March 8, Toronto’s Ryerson Image Centre has announced their acquisition of the Berenice Abbott archive. This artist is one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, most known for her documentation of New York City.
Donated by a group of anonymous benefactors, the archive is the largest in existence of Abbott’s work and includes more than 6000 photographs, 7000 negatives, books, journals, correspondence, business records and other materials from her 60-year career. The archive also contains the artist’s prints of Eugène Atget’s work and some of his original negatives. Abbott championed Atget’s work.
Paul Roth, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre, said, “We are thrilled to add the Berenice Abbott Archive to our collection. Public and scholarly interest in Abbott’s work has increased significantly in recent years, and we look forward to welcoming researchers and curators so they can shine light on her extraordinary career.”