Central Park Plaza, from Fifth Avenue at 58th Street1937 by Berenice Abbott

Was it realism contained in surrealism or surrealism contained in realism? Τhe fact that she did not use the pictorialists’s soft focus techniques does not mean that her job was characterized by simple realism. We find surreal values in photographs that are not visible at first glance. In her book ‘A guide to Better Photography‘ she asserted that “man’s need for self-exrpession and his capacities for creative action were as vital to human existence as air and food”.
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