Ryerson Image Centre Acquires Berenice Abbott Archive

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Berenice Abbott, Blossom Restaurant, 103 BoweryNew York City, October 24, 1934, gelatin silver print. BereniceAbbottArchive, Ryerson Image Centre © Ronald Kurtz, administered by Commerce Graphics Ltd. Inc.

Berenice Abbott, Blossom Restaurant, 103 Bowery New York City, October 24, 1934, gelatin silver print. Berenice Abbott Archive, Ryerson Image Centre © Ronald Kurtz, administered by Commerce Graphics Ltd. Inc.

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.”

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