This photograph is part of Berenice Abbott’s “Changing New York” series, created through support of the Works Project Administration during the Great Depression. From this lofty viewpoint, Abbott captures the strikingly modern skyline of New York, including the Daily News Building, which was completed in 1930. While her contemporary Lewis Hine foregrounds the people building these structures, Abbott instead focuses on capturing the new perspectives that such buildings now afford. The grid lines of the city and the tilted angle of the photograph emphasize the height and sprawl of New York—it is huge, and it is growing. In the background, smoke billows up from factories, highlighting the ongoing “progress” of the city.
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