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Blurb, and Berenice Abbott

On another note, I found all my old prints last night. There were many more views of the railroad yards that I’ve forgotten about. Most date to 1977, a few from 1976, and a very few from 1978. (By 1978, I was moving forward with the rephotographic project.) It will be a difficult decision to choose for the book. Many of these newly-discovered photos are rather illustrative of the yards, showing warehouses, trucks, the “Q,” and other features of a diverse industrial area.

I also purchased “New York Changing,” a play on the title of a book from the late 30’s, “Changing New York,” by Berenice Abbott, one of my favorite photographers. She photographed the city in about 1938, including the outer boroughs, and a contemporary photographer rephotographed many of her sites in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. He was fortunate enough to be able to use one of her 8×10 view cameras! Lovely, wonderful prints with great descriptions. Here’s what stood out: building are tilted (!), he worked over a period of time, instead of just one year (as we are–2009-2012), and his affection for the city is obvious. That’s the most important thing. I still feel great affection for Denver. Despite the parking lots of 1978.

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