Berenice Abbott: Street Scene, Charleston, SC, 1934
Abbott’s involvement with Changing New York and, later, science did not prevent her from undertaking other, often exciting projects. The first was in the summer of 1933 when she undertook two projects with the architectural historian, Henry-Russell Hitchcock. Then, in the spring and summer of 1935 Abbott journeyed throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Deep South, producing a number of photographs reminiscent of those made under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration. In 1947-48. Throughout this time she undertook a number of projects illustrating American commercial undertakings. In 1953 she made a monumental survey of Route 1 from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, and back, compiling a document of changing America from along this highway. Key examples of all these projects present a fascinating cross section of Abbott’s talents.