Stone and William Streets by Berenice Abbott (c. 1935-39)

The photograph titled “Stone and William Streets” was captured by the artist Berenice Abbott sometime around 1935 to 1939. The image gives a worm’s-eye view of a cityscape, presumably a street corner in New York, and focuses on capturing the towering nature of the urban architecture from that period. In the photograph, a significant contrast can be observed between the dark shadowed areas of the lower buildings and the brightly lit fa├žade of the tall skyscraper that dominates the composition. The perspective created by looking upward from street level emphasizes the verticality and grandeur of the buildings, evoking the sense of scale and ambition characteristic of the era’s urban development. The photograph highlights the textures and geometric shapes of the buildings, as well as the interconnectedness of the structures through a sky bridge that joins two buildings across the narrow street below.

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