Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project: Lasting Impressions

Berenice Abbott, “Newsstand, East 32nd Street and Third Avenue,” 1935, Gelatin silver print, 19 3/4 in x 15 3/8 in., Bank of America Collection

Photographer Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) was one of many artists who found employment during the Depression through the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project from 1935 to 1939.  During these times of government cutbacks let’s reflect on some of the WPA’s lasting impressions.

Berenice Abbott, “Automat, 977 Eighth Acenue,” 1936, Gelatin silver print, 18 1/4 in. x 32 in., Bank of America Collection

Abbott believed photography should be documentary and rarely manipulated her negatives. Her urban scenes record the city’s changing charachter rather than glorifying the modern metropolis.

These two works are included in Eye Wonder: Photography from the Bank of America Collection, on view through May 22, 2011.