DiscoverThe Dead Ladies ShowPodcast 59: Berenice Abbott
Podcast 59: Berenice Abbott

Podcast 59: Berenice Abbott

Update: 2023-01-20
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Welcome to our first podcast of 2023! In this episode, we zoom in on photographer Berenice Abbott. This American artist has a bit of a six-degrees-of separation going on with a number of our previous Dead Ladies, including Baroness von Freytag-Loringhoven and Emma Goldman. As told by DLS co-founder Florian Duijsens, Berenice’s story includes stints in Paris and Berlin, falling in love with eligible ladies, and learning photography from Man Ray. She took portraits of various greats, and when she returned to New York she switched to documenting the changing city, resulting in what’s called the “the greatest collection of photographs of New York City ever made.” Later in life she also excelled at scientific photography, taking with her studies of light and motion contributing to the understanding of physical laws and properties of solids and liquids, as she also made innovations in camera technology.





DLS co-founder Katy Derbyshire joins producer Susan Stone to introduce our episode.





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Also available on SpotifyApple PodcastsRadioPublicPocket CastsStitcherGoogle Podcasts, and Acast. You can download the transcript, created by Rachel Pronger, here.





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<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Berenice’s newly sophisticated haircut</figcaption></figure>



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You cab see Ber

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Podcast 59: Berenice Abbott

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