Hot Dog Stand, West Street and North Moore Streets, Manhattan

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  • Provenance

    Collection of The Museum of the City of New York
    Sotheby’s, New York, Berenice Abbott’s New York: Photographs from The Museum of the City of New York, 23 October 2002, lot 13

  • Literature

    Abbott, New York in the Thirties, pl. 24
    Yochelson, Berenice Abbott: Changing New York, Lower West Side, pl. 10

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the 1930s, New York City was changing rapidly, with older vestiges of the city quickly disappearing behind newer and ever-taller structures. Berenice Abbott’s genius was that she saw it all: from the quaint rope shop’s interior which likely hadn’t changed since the previous century, to the powerful modern structure of the Manhattan Bridge, to the stately sun-bathed homes on lower Fifth Avenue, and more. In Abbott’s photographs, old and new are treated with equal weight and an intelligent and inclusive objectivity.

    Abbott took her New York City images with an 8-by-10-inch camera, allowing her to make contact prints such as those offered in this catalogue as lots 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, and 104. These early photographs deliver a level of detail and tonal nuance not present in prints made in subsequent decades. This selection of Abbott’s photographs gives us the opportunity to see her work in its original form and to appreciate the vision and craft that went into its making.

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Hot Dog Stand, West Street and North Moore Streets, Manhattan

1936
Gelatin silver print.
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (24.1 x 19.1 cm)
Federal Art Project 'Changing New York' credit stamp and Museum of the City of New York reproduction rights label with typed credit and title on the verso.

Estimate
$7,000 - 9,000 

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New York Auction 1 October 2019