new york changing

Yesterday, Gothamist was leafing through Berenice Abbott's Changing New York, and marveling once again at her black and white survey of New York City streets. Abbott did most of her work during the depression, shooting about 1000 large format exposures mostly below 96th Street in Manhattan. Of those, about 300 were eventually included in her formal body of work. Over the years, a number of people have gone back and reshot the Abbott pictures in order to document the pace of change over the last sixty years. Today, we stumbled across Douglas Levere's New York Changing site- with lots of beautiful Abbott comparisons shot in 1998. There's also a book you can buy, from Princeton Architectural Press.

Some of our own NYC photobloggers are direct spiritual descendants of Abbott: MetroPlus, Bluejake, Satan's Laundromat.