St. Luke's Chapel, Hudson, Manhattan, 1935


Silver print

25.4 x 20.2 cm (10 x 7 15/16 in.)

A plain, monolithic façade is the sole subject of St. Luke’s Chapel, Hudson Street, Manhattan, 1935. Nevertheless, the lines of imposing buildings stand out in the background, testifying to

Part of Berenice Abbott's "Changing New York" project, this photograph, despite its apparent banality, attests to the transformations and changes of scale taking place in the American metropolis, starting with Manhattan, in the second half of the 1930s. By taking many street shots, she aimed to document all the architectural types and social backgrounds concentrated in the rapidly expanding city.

The photograph St. Luke's Chapel, Hudson Street, Manhattan, 1935 was first presented by the Pinault Collection at the 2019 "Luogo e Segni" ("Place and Signs") show at the Punta della Dogana in Venice.

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