Berenice Abbott was born in Springfield, Ohio on 17th July 1898. In 1921, she moved to Paris to learn sculpture, and subsequently studied at the Kunstschule in Berlin. On return to Paris, Abbott assisted Man Ray (1890-1976) in his studio, and soon after in 1926 she opened her own studio, having her first solo show at Au Sacre du Printemps gallery. In the 1930s, she began her series of photographs documenting the Great Depression in America, in association with the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project.
Abbott’s 1925-1930 Paris portraits have been published in a book by Ron Kurtz and Hank O’Neal in 2016.