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Tool of the Trade:
large format view camera.

February 1940: the magazine Popular Photography asks Berenice Abbott to name her "favorite picture." Her response:

"Suppose we took a thousand negatives and made a gigantic montage: a myriad-faceted picture containing the elegances, the squalor, the curiosities, the monuments, the sad faces, the triumphant faces, the power, the irony, the strength, the decay, the past, the present, the future of a city – that would be my favorite picture."

Popular Photography, February 1940

Photo of Berenice Abbott courtesy of Todd Watts.


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