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Changing New York,
a collection of works by photographer Berenice Abbott has a permanent place on my bookshelf. Abbott's unsentimental, straightforward photos document the city's people and buildings circa-1935. To my mind, hers are among the quintessential images of depression-era New York City. (Abbott's work was part of the Works Progress Administration/ Federal Art Project.)
surprised to read
that Abbott also spent part of her career documenting science. In the late '50s, Abbott was hired by MIT to create photographs that could be used to teach physics in new ways. (Abbott worked as part of MIT's Physical Science Study Committee
So I was happily
Abbott documented principles of physical science, including mechanics and wave interference patterns, often innovating to get the shot she wanted. (Prior to working at MIT Abbott developed a method of macrophotography she called 'Super Sight