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New York: James Abbe    Jun 8, '10 6:18 AM
by Vlad for group historicalziegfeld #430

James Abbe

Time Period: 1917-1940
Location: 15 West 67th St., Corner of Broadway & 47th Street, Manhattan NY

“Abbe's theatrical work was one of three photographic specialties he cultivated during his career. He also became an expert movie still photographer in 1920 and an important photojournalist in the 1930s. Brought to NY by magazine publishers interested in his experiments for using photographs as illustrations for narratives, Abbe won overnight renown in 1919 for his stage portraits of performers in costume. Enhancing the available stage lighting with a battery of portable lamps, he made intensely vivid images suggestive of interrupted stories. Until 1923 it was rare to attend a serious theatrical performance in New York without character portraits printed on unusual papers on display in the lobby. He did contract work with magazines, and after 1920 with film companies.”
© David S. Shields

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