Berenice Abbott once stated, “Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself,” Abbott, a 1930s traditional black and white photographer who looked to the New York City landscape as the inspiration for her non illusionistic portraits of the metropolitan area and the cultural figures who inhabited it, never believed photography to be anything other than an art form in which reality could be frozen in a physical object (the photograph.)
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